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UPDATE: July 4th festivities in Manitowoc, details announced

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TUESDAY 6/30/2020 4:02 p.m.

MANITOWOC, Wis. (WFRV) – The City of Manitowoc has announced details regarding its Festival Foods fireworks and 4th of July parade festivities happening on July 4.

City officials said its second annual 4th of July parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Washington Street and S. 8th Street.

The parade will then travel north on 8th Street, turning right onto Maritime Drive, and extending to the Waldo Boulevard office complex before the roundabout.

City of Manitowoc Fourth of July Parade Route

The City is assuring residents that precautionary COVID-19 measures will be put in place for the parade including expanding the parade route to allow for participants to distance themselves.

Participants are being asked not to hand out candy or promotional items during the parade.

The City said the Festival Foods fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m. and will have on and off-street parking, available parking lots, and waysides where people can view the fireworks from the safety of their own vehicles. A parking map is featured below.

City of Manitowoc Festival Foods fireworks event map

The city shared that restroom facilities, hand-washing and hand sanitizing stations will be available in various locations along the lakefront.

If residents choose to view the fireworks from outside of their vehicles, the City is asking that they remain in the vicinity of their vehicle and to wear face masks at all times.

Residents viewing the fireworks from home can catch them live at 9:30 p.m. on WFRV-TV 5.

Original Story: Manitowoc to host July 4th parade and fireworks, other related events canceled

THURSDAY 6/25/2020 9:03 a.m.

MANITOWOC, Wis. (WFRV) – The City of Manitowoc will still host its Independence Day parade and fireworks show on July 4, according to Mayor Justin Nickels, but other events for that day have been canceled.

In a Wednesday Facebook post, Nickels says the parade will begin at 10 a.m. and will have an expanded route this year to encourage social distancing for viewers. No candy or pamphlets will be allowed to be distributed from parade entries. Anyone interested in having a float in the Independence Day parade are asked to visit the city’s website.

The fireworks show hosted by Festival Foods will take place at dusk from the south pier. Nickels says families are encouraged to consider watching from a different location this year to allow for social distancing.

WFRV Local 5 will stream these fireworks on air and online on July 4, as well as fireworks in Kaukauna and Neenah.

“Many cities are cancelling their shows in fear that people won’t adhere to social distancing,” Nickels said in the post. “Let’s prove that we can still host some of these events safely! There are a plethora of areas along the lakeshore to view the fireworks safely this year.”

Other events associated with the Fourth on Shore have already been canceled, according to Nickels. That includes the Yacht Club party, the Salmon Derby, and Subfest. There will not be any bands during the day or games for kids.

“We feel we can safely hold a parade and fireworks show, these other events have close proximities to others and that’s why they cancelled,” says Nickels. “The city does not host the July 3rd celebrations. However, as of now, the city is not disallowing private special events in July.”

Uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus has caused numerous local events to be canceled:

Some events will be held, with modifications, including:

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