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Lilburn postpones Fourth of July celebration due to coronavirus

Fireworks are illegal for the general public to use in Florida, except for in a few very specific situations.
Fireworks are illegal for the general public to use in Florida, except for in a few very specific situations.

Credit: Cox Media Group

Credit: Cox Media Group

Lilburn is the latest Gwinnett city to postpone or cancel its Fourth of July celebration.

The city typically holds Sparkle in the Park on July 4, including live music, family activities and fireworks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that no more than 10 people gather at a time and that people stay six feet away from those they do not live with in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.


Lilburn has not chosen a new date to hold Sparkle in the Park, but will use emerging information about the virus and public health to determine when it could be held in the future, city manager Bill Johnsa said.

“We’re disappointed, as we know many members of the community will be, that we have to postpone our annual July 4th celebration,” Johnsa said. “We believe this is the best decision due to the current situation. Postponing will allow us to revisit the event at a later date, and make a decision based on the information available at the time.”

Lilburn had previously canceled or postponed all city events through June, and announced Sparkle in the Park’s postponement Wednesday. Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Norcross and Duluth have all canceled or postponed city events, including Independence Day celebrations, through mid-July.

Maya Chande is the 2020 valedictorian for North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee.