For Immediate ReleaseJune 26, 2012
Contact: Jaime WalkerTown of Avon, Community Relations Officer970-748-4087; firstname.lastname@example.org
Avon Town Council cites safety reasons for cancelling Salute to the USA fireworks displaySalute to the USA celebration to continue without pyrotechnic fireworks.
Avon, CO—The Avon Town Council unanimously voted to cancel the fireworks display that were scheduled for the Town’s annual Salute to the USA celebration on July 3rd. Given the extreme fire danger, Council members cited fire safety concerns for cancelling the traditional fireworks display. Rather the Town will save the fireworks for a full display at another event later this year. In addition, the Town of Avon joined Eagle County, the White River National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and other local municipalities in adopting Stage 2 fire restrictions, which bans all open fires.
Despite not having the pyrotechnic fireworks display that Avon is famous for, the Salute to the USA celebration will continue at Harry A. Nottingham Park. Festivities will begin as planned at 5:00 p.m. with live entertainment featuring BonFire Dub and the March Fourth Marching Band; a family fun zone with carnival games, face painting, and bouncy castles, and a variety of food vendors.
“This was a difficult decision to make, because we all love to celebrate our nations birth. However, we have the safety of people and property to consider. It just isn’t safe to have the fireworks this year; it’s too dangerous,” said Avon Mayor Rich Carroll.
Personal fireworks, dogs and outside alcohol and not allowed at the event. Coolers, picnic baskets and backpacks will be checked at the gates for alcohol. Parking on Town streets and stopping on I-70 is not permitted. In accordance with the fire restrictions, smoking except within an enclosed vehicle, trailer, building or tent is not permitted.
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