Jul032020
Annual

CANCELLED – Fireworks in Fun Town


Location: Frankenmuth

Downtown Frankenmuth
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Time: 10:00 PM to 10:30 PM

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CANCELLED – Fireworks in Fun Town

Frankenmuth Fireworks Show Cancelled

Frankenmuth, MI - City leaders and volunteers have made the very difficult decision to cancel the Frankenmuth fireworks, scheduled for July 3, 2020.

Bridget Smith, City Manager, said “Today, after consultation between and among the Frankenmuth Jaycees, the City of Frankenmuth and a conversation with the Michigan Attorney General's office, the scheduled fireworks event will clearly violate the requirements of Executive Order 110.”

The fireworks were expected to launch from Frankenmuth’s Heritage Park on Friday evening but due to additional information from the Attorney General’s office, City leaders and the Jaycees are forced to cancel.

“This decision was not taken lightly nor without consideration of the impact on the community, visitors of Frankenmuth, our wonderful businesses, and the tourism economy in general. We are truly heartbroken to make such a decision at the last minute,” said Eric Ball, Chairman of the Frankenmuth Volkslaufe.

The ever evolving landscape of the pandemic in our great state of Michigan has made things difficult to plan for in our day-to-day lives no matter how big or small the task may be. “We’ve all come a long way from the onset of this pandemic and we know that many people are anxious to get back to some form of normalcy. We want that too. However, given recent communication from State officials, we do not feel we can comply with current Executive Orders within our region, as well as the guidelines for our designated phase position in the MI Safe Start Plan. Given the current standing of these, we can not safely and responsibly have the fireworks display,” Ball noted.

“It is disappointing for our community and visitors that have made plans around the fireworks and we pray our guests will be kind to those whom work in our City despite their frustrations,” said Jamie Furbush, President/CEO, of the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and CVB. “We’ve been taking calls at the Visitor Center and telling people from hours and states away about the fireworks for the last month. We worked to encourage people to spread out and enjoy the display safely, so we too are disappointed in the changes. While we intend to try and get the word out, we know people will be upset. Unfortunately, some guests may not get the news until they are here because of the timing. That is not how we like to operate in Frankenmuth, but operating in the world of Covid-19 is complicated.” Furbush added.

As a community we pride ourselves on being safe and part of keeping safe at this time means ensuring large crowds can't gather - even with social distancing and being outside. We look forward to a time when we can again gather safely.