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Covid-19 blows up Tonawanda's July 3 fireworks plans

The Town of Tonawanda has canceled its Independence Day fireworks display over concerns about the Covid-19 outbreak.

The increasingly popular celebration takes place each year on July 3 at Kenney Field.

Councilman Bill Conrad, the Town Board liaison to the Youth, Parks and Recreation Department, said town officials agreed with police brass that it would be difficult to safely manage the large crowd expected that night.

"It's disappointing," Conrad said.

Other communities in the area have made a similar decision to cancel their Fourth of July events.

Tonawanda also said it is canceling its weekly concert series, which typically runs from June to August and takes place on the grounds of the town's Aquatic & Fitness Center.

The town and the Village of Kenmore previously announced they would not hold their Memorial Day parade, one of the largest in the area.

Conrad said the town still is mulling what to do about its pools, playgrounds, summer sports leagues and youth center programs.

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