In a joint release from Destination Sturgeon Bay and various local community organizations, they have just reported the cancellation of 4th of July festivities throughout the county. After careful consideration and consultation with all communities, municipal boards, business associations, stakeholders, emergency services, and the door county public health department, they have decided that the health and safety of residents, visitors, vendors, and health care workers is more important than our desire for these mass gatherings. This includes fireworks celebrations in Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor, Sturgeon Bay, Maplewood, and Gills Rock, as well as parades in Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor, and Sister Bay’s Freedom Fest. Also, given the current economic climate, the groups involved felt it was inappropriate to ask for festival celebration donations while most are experiencing financial hardship. They also feel it would be unfair to ask our public works crews, firefighters, police officers, and first responders to be put at greater risk than necessary. In closing, the release says they will do everything they can to make these celebrations better than ever in 2021.