Board pulls plug on July 4 festivities due to virus

Trustees cancel parade, fireworks along with annual Live at Triangle concert series
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Saukville Village Board voted last week to cancel the village’s July 4 parade and fireworks due to concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Trustees also canceled the village’s annual Live at the Triangle summer concert series, which runs each year on alternating Wednesdays through June, July and August with local bands performing in Veterans Park downtown.

“The decisions we had to make to cancel Saukville summer activities were very difficult,” Village President Barb Dickmann said. “But we did it for the safety of our citizens, visitors and staff.”  

Trustees decided instead to tentatively plan on having a more-festive-than-usual Labor Day weekend that would include concerts and fireworks.

“It is our thought that, by having a celebration on Labor Day, we would all have something for which we can look forward,” Dickmann said. 

She said no other details on the Labor Day event have been determined.

“We haven’t spent any more time in planning, as going forward with the event will totally depend on Covid-19 and how it is tracking,” she said.

In a statement, village officials said they will re-evaluate the situation on Aug. 1 and “operate according to state and Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department guidelines.”

“All of these ideas might need to be shelved until a future date.  Only time will tell,” Dickmann said.

Earlier this year, the third annual Crossroads Rendezvous was canceled due to concerns regarding the virus.

The event, which benefits the Saukville Area Historical Society, was scheduled to be held the weekend of May 15 to 17. 

The village had increased its budget for this year’s events, which are funded in part by village motel room taxes. 

Rendezvous Days was allocated $5,000 this year, $500 more than in 2019;  Live at the Triangle was given $3,000, up $500; and the July Fourth Fireworks received $5,000, the same as each of the last two years.



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