EAST TAWAS – The Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) has announced a change for the community’s Fourth of July celebration this year, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“In an effort to best determine a course for reimplementation of community events, [TACC] has solicited guidance from local public health officials, safety personnel, and colleague service organizations in identifying current data and community sentiment relative to participation in more large-scale events, such as our annual Independence Day celebrations,” stated Jeremy Broughton, TACC Board of Directors President.

“As we begin to help our communities re-engage with a broader demographic once again, we want to be certain that we are doing so in a manner that is both socially responsible and economy-stimulating to participants and local businesses,” he continued.

Broughton said that, after careful consideration, the TACC Board of Directors decided on May 20 to cancel its annual Independence Day parade.

“Given the ongoing state of public health regionally, the Board could not ensure that adequate safety measures could be enforced to provide for a participant environment that would meet current social distancing recommendations,” he explained.

Board members did, however, decide on May 27 to continue with the scheduled July 4 fireworks display.

“With a launch location on Tawas Bay and greater opportunity for socially distant participant viewing, this event was more reasonably supported by the Board as a large-scale event that could continue for the 2020 summer event season,” Broughton noted.

“We will continue to work with local public health and safety officials to best ensure that participants remain as educated regarding safety when participating in large-capacity events as possible,” he went on. “We remain grateful to our communities for their input in helping us make these difficult decisions. Your TACC has and will remain committed to advancing the strength and prosperity of the Tawas area and thank you all for working together to support one another more than ever during these challenging times.”

For more information as it becomes available, visit TACC online at www.tawas.com, or check out the organization’s Facebook page.