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Ashland 4th of July parade, Bay Days Fest canceled

ASHLAND, WI -- A northwest Wisconsin city is canceling a number of Summer events.

In a Facebook post Thursday, the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce said the 4th of July Parade, and the Ashland Bay Days Festival will be canceled.

The post said "The COVID-19 pandemic has put limitations on large groups gathering which will hinder our outdoor festivals in June and July. Other factors include consumer fear to gather in large groups, marketing expenses that cannot be recovered if the event is eventually canceled, and the ability to recruit volunteers because of safety concerns. The safety of our sponsors, spectators, volunteers, and staff is a priority and we feel this is the best outcome for the 4th of July parade and the Ashland Bay Days Festival."

The all-school reunion will be rescheduled for 2021.

Thanks to an anonymous donor, the 4th of July fireworks will still be held.

The chamber is considering a Labor Day parade in the fall.

Reporter Anthony Matt

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