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Augusta cancels Fourth of July fireworks due to COVID-19

Portland and Southwest Harbor's Independence Day fireworks were previously canceled.
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AUGUSTA, Maine — The Fourth of July fireworks display in Augusta has officially been added to the list of cancellations due to COVID-19

City of Augusta Bureau of Parks and Recreation Director Bruce Chase confirmed to NEWS CENTER Maine that the fireworks this summer are canceled.

Augusta's Independence Day events typically include fireworks and a parade—although Chase did not specify if the parade was also canceled—as well as events throughout the day beginning at 10 a.m. 

Hosted by Fort Western, the celebration usually includes the capital putting on a 13-gun cannon salute, a musket salute, and the annual traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence by Mayor David Rollins. 

The fireworks are normally set off at Mill Park, located at 1 Water Street, at 9 p.m.

The City of Portland also canceled its Fourth of July fireworks display this week, typically held on the Eastern Promenade. This city hopes to bring back the annual tradition in 2021.

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