The South Milwaukee Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to cancel the city’s 2020 Independence Day celebration at Grant Park due to the pandemic.
The South Milwaukee and St. Francis Health Department recommended the cancellation due to continued concerns over large gatherings spreading the coronavirus.
I support this decision, and know it was a difficult one. This is an important community celebration, and always a special event. But we have to act in the best interest of public health. We also recognize the impact the pandemic has had on small businesses, who typically provide significant sponsorship funding for this event, and we needed to act now to let our vendors know our plans. Public health guidance around a phased reopening will continue to inform decisions on future city-sponsored events.
Memorial Day and Flag Day have also been cancelled.