Though there's some light at the end of the tunnel with the COVID-19 pandemic, things won't be quite back to normal in Minneapolis this summer — at least not by the Fourth of July.
For the second year in a row, city officials have made the decision to cancel the annual "Red, White and Boom!" event, meaning no fireworks along the riverfront this Independence Day.
The extravaganza normally also includes a half marathon, live music, vendors, family activities and more.
With the cancellation, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) is "planning a series of Fourth of July events at neighborhood parks and regional parks around the city," according to the Red, White & Boom! homepage.
You might be wondering: why can't the event go forward in light of the fact that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted on outdoor gatherings?
The MPRB addresses the issue on their website, saying, "regrettably there simply is not enough time to create the Red, White and Boom! experience that people have come to know and love.
"It takes at least six months of planning to safely and comfortably host 75,000 people along the riverfront for this signature event – but the Fourth of July is just eight weeks away."
Nonetheless, MPRB promises that "Red, White and Boom! will return to the Mississippi riverfront on July 4, 2022."
You're unlikely to miss out on fireworks completely, however. If last year is any indication, alternative shows will be available across Minnesota on July 4.