CAMDEN, NJ — This year’s 4th of July fireworks show and festival on the Camden waterfront have been canceled due to restrictions on the kind of crowd that usually attends the annual event.

“Each year the event draws tens of thousands of people, so in the interest of public health, that will not be happening this year,” Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli said during Camden County’s weekly COVID-19 press briefing in Blackwood. “I think most, if not all municipalities have canceled their Fourth of July fireworks, an unfortunate victim of COVID-19.”

Outdoor limits are currently capped at 250 people in the Garden State.

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Elsewhere in Camden County Haddonfield announced its Fourth of July Yankee Doodle Do and Parade has been postponed. And while Haddon Township’s annual parade was canceled, organizers there said they would be awaiting further instruction from Gov. Phil Murphy before deciding on its fireworks show.

Last week, Murphy clarified in an executive order that special events including firework displays could be held at lakes, public and private beaches, and boardwalks as long as crowd limits were adhered to.

Limits on crowd sizes will increase to 500 a day before Independence Day, with no indications as of yet whether they will be increased further. 

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