2020 Fair St. Louis and America’s Birthday Parade canceled for ‘safety of our community’

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – St. Louis’ Independence Day celebration has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

Fair Saint Louis and America’s Birthday Parade have canceled their 2020 events scheduled for July 2, 3 & 4, at the Gateway Arch grounds in downtown St. Louis. This year would have marked the 40th Fair Saint Louis and the 138th America’s Birthday Parade.

The boards of the Fair St. Louis Foundation and America’s Birthday Parade both made the decision to cancel Friday morning.

“While we are saddened to cancel two of our region’s most popular and free Fourth of July
celebrations, the safety of our community is of utmost importance to us,” said David Estes, chairman of Fair Saint Louis. “Fair Saint Louis and America’s Birthday Parade embody the prideful spirit of our city, and over the past few weeks, we’ve seen that spirit shine so brightly within our community as we face this unthinkable challenge together.”

Estes said they had hoped the COVID-19 fear would be behind us by the Fourth of July, but added that hope is not a strategy.

July’s event comes months later than many of the stay-at-home orders issued by St. Louis City and many other counties and states.

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