The decision affected events like Flagstaff's Art in the Park Fourth of July Show. Stu Wolf, the show's owner and producer, said the decision was a difficult one, but he wanted to prioritize the health of the show's artists and the show's community.
"Stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy," said Wolf. "I'll see you next year."
Flagstaff's 25th Annual Summer Festival, a three-day event of live music, food and activities at the Coconino County Fairgrounds, has been canceled due to COVID concerns. In addition, many of the bars people rely on for traditional fun and games have been closed by Governor Doug Ducey because of the impact of the pandemic on the state.
But there is a glimmer of fun amidst the fourth's disturbance, most of which takes place indoors.
Coconino Community College is hosting a virtual parade where shoeboxes decorated by the community are filmed in procession from floats from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Mayor Coral Evans has been named Grand Marshal of the parade and will narrate the procession with help from Dave Zorn, Director of KAFF News. The Flagstaff Community Band provided music for the parade.
Colleen Smith, president of Coconino Community College, said the parade had received 59 shoebox carts so far.