Fourth of July fireworks on Empire State Plaza in Albany postponed, state says

Empire State Plaza fireworks in 2016
Empire State Plaza fireworks in 2016

Categories: News, Schenectady County

ALBANY – The Fourth of July fireworks celebration at the Empire State Plaza in Albany has been postponed to maintain coronavirus social distancing, the state Office of General Services announced Tuesday. 

The 2020 Summer at the Plaza series of free community events has also been canceled, officials said.

The fireworks show, presented by Price Chopper/Market 32, was postponed to continue to avoid large gatherings. The Independence Day festival had traditionally kicked off the plaza series.

“Out of an abundance of caution and with the health of the community at the forefront of our minds, we have made the decision to postpone this year’s Independence Day event at the Empire State Plaza and cancel our Summer at the Plaza series of concerts and festivals,” OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito said in a statement.

Officials did not give an estimate on when the show might be able to take place.

“Under the circumstances, we agree with the approach the state is taking and believe that postponing this event is in the best interest of public health and safety,” Price Chopper/Market 32 VP of public relations and consumer services Mona Golub said in her statement. “When the time is right, we look forward to continuing our partnership in providing quality, family entertainment in the heart of our capital.”


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