Given what we have seen nationwide over the last few weeks, this really does not come as much of a surprise.  The City of Augusta has officially cancelled the 2020 Independence Day Celebration.

According to Bruce Chase, City of Augusta's director of parks and recreation, concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of the events.

Typically, Maine's capital city would celebrate the anniversary of the birth of our nation with a parade through downtown and the reading of the Declaration of Independence at Old Fort Western.  Then, the action switches to Mill Park for bounce houses, food, live music, and fireworks.

As Maine celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2020, this year's celebration was going to be extra special.  The plan had been to hold the parade in the morning, followed by non-stop music on multiple stages at Mill Park, and fireworks.

Chase did say that the state seemed to indicate they plan to hold a 200th birthday celebration next year, so it is possible that we could see the City of Augusta do their big celebration in 2021.

Additionally, he said that, assuming the concerns about the coronavirus is over by then, we could see the city hold an event in October.  Either a Halloween event or some kind of Oktoberfest brewfest.

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