Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser is urging residents to celebrate Fourth of July at home this year.
In a news conference Thursday morning, Bowser said that DC will still be in a public health crisis during the holiday, and that “our strong recommendation is that DC residents celebrate the Fourth of July at home or near their home in small gatherings.”
“We have not eradicated the virus, we are still reporting new cases each day,” Bowser warned.
Although there has been a plateau in coronavirus cases, the government is “still not satisfied” with the number of cases, the mayor said.
Bowser noted that the National Park service will still conduct the fireworks display at the National Mall, and that the District will continue to support the Park Service as they do yearly, but she added, “We hope that the crowds that come in non-pandemic years won’t materialize this year.”
More measures — including road closures — for the firework display on the Mall will be announced next week.