Rehoboth Beach has canceled its Independence Day fireworks on July 3 and the Bandstand Summer Concert Series through the July Fourth weekend.
According to a press release April 24, all permitted special events scheduled through the holiday weekend are also canceled, and the city is working closely with the event producers.
“The health and safety of the community is our top priority and at the forefront of all decisions made during this unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation,” said Mayor Paul Kuhns in a prepared statement. “It is difficult to accept that these cherished events cannot continue as planned this year. We look forward to the day when we can all come together once again and celebrate the events that make Rehoboth Beach such a wonderful and connected community.”
Commissioner Lisa Schlosser said she agreed with the decision, but something needs to be done to help the city’s businesses and residents.
“I applaud the mayor for working with the governor and other towns to protect the health and safety of our community,” said Schlosser in an email April 24. “I also urge the mayor and commissioners to solicit public input, and help our businesses and residents by considering deferment of wastewater/water bill payments, delay of parking enforcement, and reduction of operational expenses from the city budget.”
Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce President Carol Everhart was disappointed with the decision, but understood it was necessary.
“Another cancellation added to the growing devastating list for businesses, residents, visitors and the entire area,” said Everhart in an email April 24.
Kuhns could not immediately be reached for further comment.
For the latest event updates, visit cityofrehoboth.com and rehobothbandstand.com. For more information, contact Krys Johnson in the communications department at 302-227-6181 Ext. 522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.