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4th of July fireworks canceled in Normal, pools closed

UPTOWN NORMAL WIDE

NORMAL (HOI) - The Town of Normal announced Friday their 4th of July celebration and Sky Concert fireworks will not happen this year because of COVID-19.

The town said parks will be open but people are encouraged to social distance and use good hygiene. Playgrounds, however, will remain closed.

On top of that, kids will not be able to swim either. The town is closing the Fairview Family Aquatic Center and Anderson Aquatic Center for the summer because of public health concerns. They said all swimming related programs are also canceled.

"In the current environment, we cannot see a way to open in a cost effective, friendly, safe, and healthy way,” said Doug Damery, Director of Parks & Recreation.

Season Pool Passholders will hear from the town about "their options."

As for concerts in Uptown Circle and the Connie Link Amphitheatre, those are canceled through July. The town did not say if the concerts could return in August.

A news release said Uptown will not host any festivals in June or July either, including Make Music Normal and the Sugar Creek Arts Festival.

Instead, Sugar Creek will have a one day virtual event, Saturday, July 11th. The annual event is a fundraiser for the McLean County Arts Center. People will be able to donate to artists through an online link on that day.

Lastly, the Children's Discovery Museum will stay closed through July for general admission. This could change if large groups are allowed to gather again before that time, according to the town. They also said limited camp programs are still on, and the museum store is open and selling educational toys and games. Shoppers have to do curbside pickup though.

“We plan to keep fundraising for our new exhibit and free outreach for kids this summer. We hope the community will support our efforts and look for a reimagined Medici Craft Beer and Jazz Fest fundraiser in July," said Beth Whisman, Director of Cultural Arts and the Children’s Discovery Museum. 

Molly Jirasek

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