Vandalia postpones July 4 fireworks celebration

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause large events to be canceled, the city of Vandalia announced the Star Spangled Celebration is postponed.

The 2020 Vandalia-Butler Twp Star Spangled Celebration is typically held on July 3, but now will be held later in the summer.

The Star Spangled Celebration features live music, food vendors and a fireworks show. The event traditionally takes place at the Vandalia Sports Complex on Stonequarry Road and its surrounding neighborhoods.

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Typically Vandalia partners with Butler Twp. and local sponsors such as our Vandalia auto dealers to put the show on, said Vandalia spokesman Rich Hopkins.

“Most years there are thousands of people who set up at our Sports Complex and in the neighborhoods surrounding the complex to listen to music, eat traditional summer fare and take in a spectacular fireworks show,” Hopkins said. “With the Governor’s (coronavirus) guidelines emphasizing small group settings and social distancing, we felt as though we could not hold the event in its typical form and still respect those guidelines.”

Vandalia city leaders expect some of the current restrictions on large gatherings to be eased in the coming weeks, which would allow the city to set a date for an end of summer event to include music, food and fireworks.

“We want to emphasize at this point that the event has not been cancelled, but rather postponed,” Hopkins said.

Fireworks, festivals and other Fourth of July celebrations have been canceled throughout the Miami Valley this summer.

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Dayton, Fairborn, Kettering and Moraine said they will also not put on fireworks events due to the coronavirus restrictions.

Fireworks displays are still planned in Huber Heights, Lebanon, Springboro and Xenia, city officials have said. But Lebanon will cancel its other Independence Day activities at Colonial Park, according to the city.

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