BRISTOL, RI — Bristol's annual Fourth of July summer concert series was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The annual series of events is part of the town's weeks-long celebration of Independence Day.
"It is with a heavy heart that we share that the 2020 Concert Series is officially cancelled," said Michele Martins, the general chairman of the Bristol 4th of July committee. "The Committee has remained committed to plan with flexibility and adaptability to follow through with guidance to allow for social distancing. Our main focus is to keep our community safe and follow state guidelines through this time of COVID 19."
The concerts are "a crowd pleaser," the announcement continued, drawing hundreds of attendees. The only way to safely hold them would be to strictly limit how many people could attend.
"On behalf of the Committee we look forward to our students getting back to school and our businesses continuing to reopen," she continued.
Some events are being held if they can safely do so while following coronvirus safety restrictions. More information is available on the parade's website. The celebration's centerpiece, the annual July 4 parade, was held on a very scaled-down basis.