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Naples cancels Christmas Parade and New Year’s Eve fireworks

Posted at 10:37 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 23:11:48-05

NAPLES, Fla. — Out of an abundance of caution, the Naples City Council voted unanimously to cancel their annual Naples Christmas Parade, scheduled for Tues., Dec. 8, at 6 pm, and fireworks scheduled for New Year's Eve at 7 pm. Officials feel these events carry the risk of increasing COVID transmission and infection rates.

“We are saddened we had to take this action and know how important these events are to our community. The action to cancel was necessary to mitigate further community spread of the virus. We look forward to the day when the pandemic is behind us,” said Charles Chapman, City Manager.

Effective April 4, a new law opened the legal use of fireworks on three holidays: July 4, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Fireworks can, however, be deemed illegal on these days if a countywide burn ban is in effect. Fireworks are prohibited at all times west of Gulf Shore Blvd., in Naples, including the beach.