Mammoth Lakes Cancels Fourth of July Festivities

Fireworks spectacular at Crowley Lake! Photo by Tom Klinefelter

MAMMOTH LAKES, CA (April 27, 2020) – Due to the timing uncertainty for the modification or lifting of the Governor’s unprecedented Stay At Home Order, along with the state’s subsequent mitigation measures for special events, the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Fourth of July festivities.

Cancelled July 4 festivities in the Mammoth Lakes area for 2020 currently include the Annual Mammoth Lakes Fourth of July Parade, Footloose Freedom Mile, POPS in the Park, Mono Arts Council: Mammoth Celebrates the Arts Festival, Mammoth Museum at Hayden Cabin Family Celebration, and the Fireworks Spectacular at Crowley Lake.

“This is a very serious situation and now, more than ever, we must be vigilant about following guidance and directives in order to flatten the curve and to decrease the strain on our local health care system.

Physical distancing and other mitigations must continue even after the Stay At Home Order is lifted. We are experiencing some respite, but we are clearly not out of the woods yet. You may say we have a bit of a cease fire, but the war is not over,” stated Dr. Boo.

“The Town of Mammoth Lakes would like to recognize and acknowledge the many long-standing partners, supporters and sponsors of the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at Crowley Lake,” stated Stuart Brown, Parks and Recreation Director. “Cancelling this generational event was an extremely difficult decision, but in our current environment of uncertainty, safety is our top priority.

Next year will be bigger and better thanks to the Crowley Lake Fish Camp, L.D.C., Mono County Community Services Area 1, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Pyro Spectaculars by Souza.”

“While we know the Fourth of July, festivities are always a favorite for tens of thousands of our loyal Mammoth Lakes’ visitors, we appreciate the need to focus on health and safety,” said John Urdi, Mammoth Lakes Tourism Executive Director.

This decision does not come lightly to any of the partnering entities. These measures are being taken to ensure the health and well-being of all Mono County residents and our many loyal visitors. The Chamber of Commerce is aware of the fiscal impacts this will have on the business community and has already begun, in partnership with the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Lakes Tourism, working toward an alternative for the business community, locals, and visitors to celebrate our national holiday in a safe and responsible manner.

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David Dennison
David Dennison
2 years ago

Colt Cancelled,not only because of COVID-19 danger,but also fire danger. We ALL know what fireworks shows usually turn into,especially in tourist towns where there’s a lot of large crowds partying and drinking,not only in town,but continuing into the night after the bars close down at 2 A.M.,either to packed rented… Read more »

Colt
Colt
2 years ago

We have had plans to travel across the country to spend a week in Mammoth. I was looking forward to taking my family to let them experience mammoth for the first time and enjoy the 4th of July at the end of the week. I am sad to say I… Read more »

eric h.
eric h.
2 years ago

Check out the first 2 columns of this chart, and then realize that it doesn’t go through 5/1 but only through 4/25. So on 4/25 the death total was 37,000 and a week later it’s over 67,000, I think when they talk about “flattening the curve” they were talking about… Read more »

InyoFace
InyoFace
2 years ago

Glad to see all these government funded activities cancelled. Happy to see a fiscally conservative approach to the holiday as tax revenues will be down for the year.

Good bye
Good bye
2 years ago

Great comment sounds like a snowflake that didnt get to go fishin.

Liberty
Liberty
2 years ago

Mammoth should be gated off and closed to protect others from their panic which is much more dangerous than the liberal created virus scare. They should announce fall ski season closed as well while they are at it. Let freedom ring outside of the gates in Northern Mono county as… Read more »

Stop non-essential travel
Stop non-essential travel
2 years ago
Reply to  Liberty

Hmmmm. Just remember that healthcare is not your civil liberty nor your constitutional right, thanks to the conservative tea-party, the hard-leaning right, the Republicans, and Trump. So, if you get sick, don’t piss and moan if your doctor decides not to see you or treat you.

Angelle
Angelle
2 years ago

Not canceled in Bridgeport yet. Keeping our fingers crossed

Mono Person
Mono Person
2 years ago
Reply to  Angelle

NO, we will not cancel the 4th in Bridgeport!!! Stand up for out liberties!!! Sick people stay home

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Mono Person

Latest research indicates that anywhere from 25-50% of those with the virus are asymptomatic. So there are a lot of “sick” people who are unaware they’re carrying the virus. Simply telling those who know they’re sick to stay home is not a realistic way to stop the spread.

Mono Person
Mono Person
2 years ago

Actually, what I meant is sick or someone who is afraid – stay home. Let people that are healthy and not afraid to be able to enjoy our country.

David Dennison
David Dennison
2 years ago
Reply to  Mono Person

Mono Person Thing about that is,it would be a whole new ballgame if or when the throngs of SoCal visitors travel the extra miles to party in Bridgeport instead of Mammoth Lakes. Not quite the same kind of town,especially on the three-day holiday weekends. Law Enforcement VERY proactive in Bridgeport,and… Read more »

Mono Person
Mono Person
2 years ago
Reply to  David Dennison

Do you realize that we have 5 months to make money, to save up for the winter. Now, we have 3 months. And the 4th of July is our biggest event. We already lost 2 businesses to this “experiment” we don’t need the whole town to become Bodie. The Rona… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Mono Person

Honoring the requests of our federal, state and local public officials has nothing to do with being afraid. It has to do with showing some respect for your friends, your neighbors and the larger community that we all share.

Stop non-essential travel
Stop non-essential travel
2 years ago
Reply to  Mono Person

Two words: John McDaniel

David Dennison
David Dennison
2 years ago
Reply to  Mono Person

Charles O.Jones I think we’re seeing the start of the “new norm”, some people talking that way like “Mono Person” and “Liberty” do with their posts. They’re the “brave and healthy ones”,and for those that want and use caution,we’re the ones that should “stay home” and let them enjoy things,their… Read more »

What
What
2 years ago
Reply to  Mono Person

People! What is 99% effective against Covid? YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM!!!! The only people dying from this predominately are old frail, already immune compromised individuals. Not the healthy. Protect our elderly and the ones in the nursing homes by all means.