CLIFTON PARK — The town of Clifton Park had postponed its July fireworks celebration until the Labor Day weekend, and delayed the opening of the three town swimming pools, officials said Friday.
The measures taken to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 include canceling the annual Fourth of July festivities at Clifton Commons entirely. The annual parade and fireworks are tentatively scheduled for Sept. 5, the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. “As Labor Day weekend approaches, the town will assess the viability of having the fireworks show,” the town said in its announcement.
The fireworks have been one of the largest Fourth of July displays in southern Saratoga County, drawing thousands of people from the town and surrounding towns.
The pool openings were pushed back from Memorial Day until July 1, but that plan will also be reassessed as the opening date gets closer.
“The New York State Department of Health has been unable to provide guidance regarding permits and approvals necessary to legally open the pools, host a large-scale event on Clifton Common or operate town camps,” the announcement said. “Therefore, it is not prudent to continue preparations for opening the pools or July 4 festivities, when it’s becoming more apparent the odds of either occurring as scheduled is a very slight possibility.”
The two June concerts planned for the Clifton Common stage are also canceled, but town officials said no decision has been made yet on holding summer youth recreation camps. Those camps don’t typically start until the end of June.
“This announcement is a gut-wrenching message for us to deliver. However, we have no choice,” said Town Supervisor Phil Barrett. “We are hopeful opening the pools and a town celebration involving fireworks is possible this year, but we cannot guarantee that will be reality.”
In Halfmoon, Cmdr. John Lepine said the long-standing American Legion Post 1450 Memorial Day ceremony has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.