A number of South Carolina beach towns have announced cancelations of July 4 events in an effort to prevent large crowds from gathering.
The following events include:
- Patriots Point has canceled its July 4 fireworks, according its website
- Folly Beach told CNN the city made a joint decision with the Folly Association of Businesses to cancel its July 4 fireworks
- Myrtle Beach told CNN its weekly summer fireworks, including for July 4, have been canceled this year, due to coronavirus-related budget issues
- Isle of Palms said on its website it has canceled its July 4 fireworks and will redirect that budget to offer a one-time hazard pay disbursement for city employees who are working during the pandemic
- North Charleston tweeted that its fireworks are also canceled and wished everyone a socially distance Independence Day
The Lowcountry in South Carolina has seen a doubling of new daily Covid-19 cases since Memorial Day weekend, according to Rep. Joe Cunningham’s office.
“I am incredibly concerned with the rise in coronavirus cases across our state, and in the lowcountry particularly. Yesterday, our state epidemiologist said she was more concerned about coronavirus cases now than she ever has been before, and that is something we need to take very seriously," Cunningham, who represents South Carolina’s 1st district from Charleston to Hilton Head, said.
Cunningham said he understands that folks want a return to normalcy, "but we are not anywhere near through this public health crisis yet."
"We must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing – for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors," he added.