It appears that almost no public fireworks shows will take place in the region this summer, with the Allen Chevrolet Cadillac Fireworks Festival at Sterling State Park the latest one to call off.

It appears that almost no public fireworks shows will take place in the region this summer, with the Allen Chevrolet Cadillac Fireworks Festival at Sterling State Park the latest one to call off.

John Allen, general manager for Allen Chevrolet Cadillac, made that announcement regarding the event, traditionally held on July 3.

"We took into account current conditions, a hiring freeze on essential and seasonal staff at Sterling State Park, the need to ask law enforcement and other first responders whose department budgets are already spread thin to help with the event and to ask local businesses to contribute to the event during this time," he said in a press release.

He noted that it was probably the last remaining summer fireworks event in the area.

Luna Pier had already cancelled its Freedom Festival, and Gibraltar has cancelled its Fourth of July activities. Even the bigger cities have made similar announcements: The City of Toledo has cancelled its Fourth of July fireworks show along the Maumee River; and the City of Detroit cancelled its fireworks show scheduled for June 22.

Allen said his father Tom Allen thought fireworks would help bring the community together; and while he agreed with the idea, the family concluded it would be difficult to manage the logistics. The Allens also discussed rescheduling for September; but ultimately decided "to put their energy and resources toward making the 2021 fireworks bigger and better."

The fireworks show in 2019 was the first to be run with Allen Chevrolet Cadillac as the lead presenter, and they expected to continue doing so in upcoming years. The park was filled nearly to capacity last year, according to news reports; the 25-minute show was the biggest in the park's history. Previous fireworks events at the state park, under the name of River Raisin Independence Festival and Fireworks, were organized by the former director and an interim director of the Monroe County Convention & Tourism Bureau.

In addition, the following announcements have been made regarding other spring and summer events in Monroe county:

Bedford Summer Fest: The Bedford Summerfest scheduled for June 11-14 has been cancelled. "It is with much sadness that we must make this announcement," the committee said via Facebook. "Due to the Corona virus and our desire to keep our community safe and healthy we must cancel Summerfest. We feel this is what is in the best interest of everyone. Please know we will be back at work as soon as it is safe for us to do so to begin work for Summerfest 2021."

Maybee Day: The Maybee Day festival, which was scheduled for this weekend, has been cancelled. "See you next year," the announcement said.

Milan Community Fair: The 71st annual Milan Community Fair, scheduled for May 28-30, has been cancelled. This cancellation includes the fireworks show at Wilson Memorial Park. "We are however, working to see if there are options for us to reschedule for later in the summer," the announcement said.

Wayne County Fair: The Wayne County Fair has been cancelled "due to the continuing battle with the COVID19 pandemic in Michigan & especially in our county," the announcement said. "The safety of our volunteers, participants & guests is a top priority. We believe this is the right thing to do during these unprecedented times."

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