Fourth of July events fall to coronavirus concerns |

Fourth of July events fall to coronavirus concerns

Children jockey for position on July 4, 2019, in what Minden refers to as a bike parade, but isn't really all that linear.
Kurt Hildebrand photo

There’s not much left to Fourth of July celebrations thanks to coronavirus cancellations.

On Wednesday night, the Minden Town Board heard the news that the state won’t approve a health permit for the annual barbecue held in Minden Park on the Fourth. That and the prospect of social distancing scores of tykes on bikes resulted in the bike parade’s cancellation.

The Carson Valley Pops announced on Tuesday that it wouldn’t perform in Gardnerville on the Fourth.

Later that day, the town board canceled is annual Freedom Festival which kicked off with a 5K fun run.

“The Town was hopeful to hold our summer events as scheduled” said Town Manager Erik Nilssen. “The 50 person gathering limit makes our events infeasible at this time. We realize many of our residents including children need an outlet and holding wholesome recreational activities would benefit us all however restrictions do not allow.”

The Pops concerts will be streamed online on Facebook at dccatv 9 a.m. the Fourth.

Genoa’s Americana Festival featuring the Carson City Symphony in Mormon Station State Historic Park has been canceled.

Douglas County’s only fireworks show, the nationally recognized Lights on the Lake at Stateline was canceled in mid-May.

In addition to the July Fourth celebration’s, Gardnerville won’t be hosting the June 26 Movie in the Park. This is the 15th year the town has conducted the free event in Heritage Park, which routinely draws several hundred to more than 1,000 spectators.

The Town Board will consider showing the “The Lion King,” in August depending on the public gathering restrictions in place at the time of the event.

The Phase Two Guidelines for the coronavirus outbreak expire on June 30 at which time restrictions may be extended, reduced or increased. At this time “Thor, the Dark Hammer” is scheduled to be shown on July 17. “Frozen Two” is scheduled to be shown on July 31. “Dr. Dolittle” is scheduled to be shown on August 14. Gardnerville Town Board members will decide at their July 7 meeting if the July events can be held while complying with the state standards.