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Santa Barbara cancels July 4th fireworks display

Posted at 4:20 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 19:20:52-04

The City of Santa Barbara is canceling its annual July 4th fireworks display.

City officials say the decision was made in the interest of public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The celebration typically attracts tens of thousands of people to Santa Barbara's beaches and waterfront neighborhoods.

In an announcement released Tuesday, the city said, "The City and Waterfront Department will now focus on making next year's celebration even grander."