Memorial Day parade, 4th of July fireworks canceled in Danbury due to COVID

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DANBURY — The Memorial Day parade and 4th of July fireworks over Candlewood Lake will be canceled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Uncertainty about future COVID-19 health conditions in the community prevented organizers from doing the early planning required to put on the events, Mayor Joe Cavo said.

The Danbury Council of Veterans decided one to two months ago to cancel the parade, he said.

“The planning for that is intense and it requires a lot of time and effort,” Cavo said. “No one knew what COVID would look like. No one still knows what COVID will look like.”

The volunteer fire departments canceled the fireworks over Candlewood Lake, too, for this reason, he said.

The Danbury Fair mall could not be reached for comment Monday about whether the fireworks traditionally held there will be held this year.