CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19: The BIGGEST FIREWORKS SHOW in South Dakota in Watertown July 3rd!
Terry Redlin Conservation Park
In April, during a conference call with event organizers, it was the Redlin Art Center's recommendation to Mayor Caron that the activities on the grounds of the Redlin Art Center, specifically the entertainment and the food vendors, be canceled this year out of an abundance of caution.
This recommendation is based on facts and science, science that has been shared with all South Dakotans by Governor Noem and her team. Her scientific models predict that South Dakota will have the highest number of people infected with COVID-19 in mid-June, only 2-1/2 weeks prior to July 3rd. These models have been built using science and data gathered throughout this pandemic. They have been used to help flatten the curve which, in turn, has resulted in 75% fewer anticipated hospitalizations; but the Governor is still preparing for potentially 2,200 people to be hospitalized in South Dakota.
In addition to the Governor's data and the projected peak period of infection, the Redlin Art Center has been monitoring the current CDC guidelines. These guidelines recommend social distancing and hand washing to control the spread of COVID-19. Neither would be logistically feasible on the grounds of the Redlin Art Center, on the shuttle buses, near the food vendors, or in the portable restrooms during an event that attracts thousands of people from across the country.
The data and the guidance provided by leaders in the fields of science, medicine, and public safety have led us to the difficult decision we have made. The Redlin Art Center has been pleased to serve as the host location for the fireworks since 2016. The event has been a collaborative effort with support from many individuals - all with the goal of offering a safe event to the public. We hope to one day offer that again. But, for now, we encourage you to stay home and stay safe.
Together, we will get through this.