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Cayucos cancels annual July 4 fireworks show

Posted at 12:43 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 15:43:57-04

Another popular Fourth of July fireworks show on the Central Coast is canceled.

The Cayucos Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday it would be suspending the show this year due to COVID-19 concerns.

The chamber says it is working on an alternative plan for locals to enjoy the July 4 holiday and is also reevaluating its plan for event fundraising.

"Our number one priority is the health and safety of our community, both residents and visitors alike. Plus, our focus over the next several months will be supporting our town recovery. It has been a tough decision, but an important one. So many people look forward to this event each year," said Gil Igleheart, Cayucos Chamber Board vice president and July 4th committee lead.

Thousands of people come to the coastal beach town every year for the event.

The chamber says the decision to cancel was made in cooperation with the Cayucos Lions Club.

"The Cayucos Lions have been organizing the July 4th parade for decades now and we are saddened not to be able to share this great family event with the community this year. However, we needed to consider the safety of our members, our community, and all those wishing to visit our special town. We look forward to resuming this tradition in 2021," said Cayucos Lions Club President Breck Smith.

While the cancellation of fireworks is expected to reduce the number of people at the beach, the chamber says they plan to release in June a "Cayucos July 4th 2020 Visitor's Guide" filled with alternate plans to celebrate.

The chamber has also asked the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol and CAL FIRE for help in deterring people from creating their own large gatherings on the fourth.

The chamber hopes to hold the event again in 2021.

Pismo Beach has also canceled its annual fireworks show and other events.