Happy Valley cancels community summer events
Happy Valley announced Friday, May 8, that summer events, which include the 4th of July Family Festival, Summer Concert series and Library Concert series, have been canceled. The city's decision followed the governor's announcement that large gatherings would be prohibited through September due to continued concerns related to the spread of COVID-19.
2020 will mark the first time in nearly 20 years that Happy Valley will not hold its traditional 4th of July festival, which includes an annual fireworks display that has been a tradition for nearly 50 years.
"Our community events, especially those that take place in summer, are truly beloved by our residents and visitors alike," said Happy Valley Community Services Director Steve Campbell. "However, we must continue to follow the direction from the governor. Further, the health and well-being of our city, community, and staff is our number one concern. I am so sorry that this difficult decision had to be made, but I am certain that it is the right one."
City officials have committed to following the directives set forth by the governor and intend to find alternative ways to encourage community togetherness. City staff are currently exploring possible ways they can celebrate summer events while complying with all state guidelines.
"Our community will emerge stronger than ever as we make our way through the challenges of this pandemic," Campbell said, "and our community events will as well."
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