NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Newington Department of Parks and Recreation has indefinitely postponed their Extravaganza Fireworks display, the town announced Monday.
The ‘Live. Be in it. Extravaganza Fireworks’ display was originally scheduled for Friday, Aug. 6.
The town says they postponed the event due to the recent rise in recorded COVID-19 cases.
“Now that we’re seeing numbers going up, we just have to wait and see until they go down,” said Newington Mayor Beth DelBuono. “If you have an outbreak here in Newington and people are here from 20 other towns then we’re putting other towns at risk as well. So we really just needed to make the safest choice.”
“When you get a large group of people together especially from all over the state, we’re taking a risk with our community and for other communities,” Mayor DelBuono added.
Local leaders told News 8 with the number of COVID cases on the rise, it would be difficult to social distance and create a safe environment for families to view the display.
“It’s not canceled, we’re postponing these in hopes that we can come together as a community safely,” Mayor DelBuono said.
Locals in the area had mixed emotions about the news.
“I don’t think they should have canceled it. They should’ve just put more restrictions and made people more distant,” said Michael Martola of Newington.
Earlier Monday, the town’s police department also canceled their annual National Night Out event due to COVID concerns. That event was scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 3.