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Covid douses local public Fourth of July celeberations

Traditional local celebrations to mark the nation's birthday will not be held this year because of Covid. (FILE/Kat Seals-KnR Photography/Special to the Enterprise)

ONTARIO – The annual fireworks display sponsored by the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce is canceled this Fourth of July because of Covid.

Traditionally, the city fireworks display to mark the nation’s birthday is held at Beck-Kiwanis Park and usually attracts a large crowd.

“With everyone gathered at the park like they did in the past there is no way we could guarantee social distancing,” said John Breidenbach, Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer.

Breidenbach said he didn’t know of any large fireworks displays anywhere in the Treasure Valley this year.

“I know McCall and Boise have canceled,” said Breidenbach . . .