The 2020 Americana Festival, including the fireworks display, 5K run, parade, street fair has been canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival Board of Trustees has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Americana Festival scheduled for July 3 and 4 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all festival-related events including the fireworks display, 5K run, parade, street fair, auto show and children's area activities.
"The safety and health of our guests, volunteers, staff, performers, vendors and entire community is our first priority," says Americana Festival president Arno Weller. "Our volunteer committee has been planning this event for months, so we understand the community's disappointment."
The Americana Festival scholarship program will be revised with details posted soon.
A celebration of America's Independence Day will go on as the festival committee encourages all residents and businesses in the Centerville and Washington Township area to showcase their patriotic spirit by decorating their homes and storefronts in red, white and blue. More information about the patriotic decorating contest will be available on the festival website by June 1.
The committee hopes to reschedule the fireworks display later in the year after social distancing guidelines and restrictions against large gatherings are relaxed.
"We thank all the participants, sponsors, vendors and most importantly our festival-goers who have supported this much-loved community event for 47 years," says Weller. "Please continue to honor Independence Day and celebrate in a responsible manner, following current state and federal distancing guidelines."
The committee is already making plans for the 48th Americana Festival in 2021. "We'll be back with all the traditional events that make our festival the best in the area" says Weller. "We look forward to celebrating together as a community at that time."