UPDATE ON TUESDAY, MAY 12: City of St. Augustine City Manager John Regan said that some statements made in the City Commission meeting on Monday, May 11 were inaccurate as far as other neighboring cities canceling their July 4th fireworks show. Here’s what he said on the City’s Facebook page:
City Manager addresses concerns over Fireworks decision
Special City Commission meeting will be scheduled for late May
During the May 11, 2020, City Commission meeting, I presented information regarding the City of Jacksonville Beach and the City of Daytona Beach fireworks’ celebration that was not fully vetted for accuracy. I stated that those cities had cancelled their displays when, in fact, their final decisions are still pending. Flagler Beach has cancelled their fireworks and parade.
The status of neighboring communities factored heavily in the City Commission’s decision to cancel our fireworks celebration.
It is my responsibility to ensure that the information I provide is accurate and I sincerely apologize to the City Commission and our community for working with erroneous information.
The basis of a decision should include consideration of the status of the COVID-19 phased re-opening plan by Governor DeSantis, impacts of neighboring community decisions, and crossing beyond a date that results in unnecessary expenditures. For the City of St. Augustine, that date is Friday, May 29, 2020.
I will schedule a late-May City Commission meeting so that they can evaluate the most up-to-date and accurate information and make a final decision that provides for our public health, safety, and well-being.
The City of St. Augustine Commissioners canceled the July 4, 2020 fireworks display due to Covid-19. The decision was made on Monday, May 11 during a City Commission meeting.
Although City Commissioners mentioned a possible reschedule for the fireworks show, a date was not discussed.
Many other St. Augustine annual events have been canceled such as festivals and parades. Events that have been rescheduled so far include the 90s Fest (originally set for May 16) on October 17; and the Rhythm & Ribs Festival, set for November 6-8 at Francis Field. More festival dates will be announced soon.