The event sponsors for the annual 4th of July Fireworks and Hometown Celebration have decided to cancel this year’s event, scheduled for July 3, 2020. The decision is being made in the interest of public health as the organizers continue to work with the State of Illinois to uphold current and foreseeable restrictions on social gatherings in the state. Harrah’s Metropolis Casino and Hotel, the Greater Metropolis Conventions and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and the City of Metropolis look forward to having the event next year.
“At this time, we simply do not know if large gatherings will be allowed on the 4th of July, so we are erring on the side of caution for the safety of our community,” says Mayor Billy McDaniel.
Thousands of residents and visitors gather on the banks of the Ohio River to enjoy the firework show, and many attend the Hometown Celebration. The proceeds from the Hometown Celebration are the primary fundraiser for the annual Back to School Supply Drive.
“Canceling was a tough decision to make as the Hometown Celebration is a time for our community to come together and celebrate. Harrah’s Metropolis Casino and Hotel will donate $4,000 to the Back to School Supply Drive, which helps provide school supplies for children in the area,” said Chad Lewis, coordinator for the Hometown Celebration.
The 4th of July Fireworks and Hometown Celebration joins two of the other of other canceled summer events in Metropolis -- The Superman Celebration and The ASA Archery Tournament. “This year has been tough for tourism in Metropolis as we have had to cancel all of our summer events. We are planning to come back better and stronger than ever in 2021,” said Trish Steckenrider, executive director for the GMCVB.
The GMCVB is continuing with plans to host the postponed Super City Brew Fest and Homebrew Competition with Harrah’s Metropolis Casino and Hotel on September 12 and the Fort Massac Encampment with the Illinois Department of -Natural Resources on October 17-18.