Haverhill Cancels Summer Events, Including Fourth of July Fireworks; Alternatives in the Works

Haverhill's 2018 fireworks display (Jay Saulnier file photograph for WHAV News.)

Haverhill has cancelled all large public events this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, including the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration at Riverside Park.

Mayor James J. Fiorentini said Wednesday he decided to announce cancellations now because it usually requires about five weeks to plan the city’s fireworks celebration.

“Unfortunately, it’s not going to be possible to have public events this summer with large crowds of people in close contact with each other,” the mayor said, “but we are going to find another way to celebrate the birth of our nation.”

Fiorentini said he is considering several alternative ideas to celebrate Independence Day and would share more soon. He said decisions about smaller public events will be made on a case-by-case basis, but no events that draw more than 10 people should be planned.

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