Jaycees cancel Stars and Stripes on the River due to COVID-19, fireworks still planned


By Christine Holmes, News Director

The Zanesville Jaycees announced Wednesday the organization is canceling its annual Fourth of July celebration in Downtown Zanesville due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We realize how important this event is to the community so we can celebrate this great country together,” the Jaycees wrote on Facebook. “This year we had to make the unfortunate and difficult decision of canceling Stars and Stripes on the River due to COVID-19.”

While the group will not be hosting its full days of events and activities on July 3 and 4, the Jaycees still plan to move forward with a fireworks show.

“During these unprecedented times, we need to celebrate and honor what everyone has been able to accomplish from a community to a country level of rallying together and helping each other out,” the Facebook post read. “We, the Jaycees, feel we have a responsibility to celebrate this great Nation’s birthday with Fireworks.”

According to the Jaycees, the City of Zanesville supports a fireworks show, but approval from the health department and state is still pending.

“Before, during, and after the launch, we ask everyone to stay safe, practice social distancing guidelines, remain in your vehicles, and avoid large gatherings to enjoy the fireworks,” the Jaycees wrote. 

No food vendors, concerts or entertainment will be available.