This month's Aquatennial celebration has officially been canceled, with the Minneapolis Downtown Council making the announcement Thursday morning.
"It is Aquatennial time, and we will miss seeing you in person this year," a release from the council said. "Our community continues to navigate the realities of COVID-19 and its impacts on public health. We will always prioritize community safety over celebrations."
The Aquatennial was scheduled for July 22-25, and the cancellation comes amid a downturn in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Minnesota, though other states that reopened businesses before Minnesota have since seen explosive growth of the novel coronavirus.
But the pandemic isn't the only reason the Minneapolis Downtown Council is calling off this summer's events.
"More importantly, Minneapolis is still reeling from the death of George Floyd. Our community has been deeply impacted by his tragic death and the unrest that followed," the release said. "Simply said, it does not feel like it is time to celebrate. We want to take the time to honor our community and give space for the important work that needs to be done."
The council said it plans to share Aquatennial activities, content and memories on social media July 22-25, and is looking ahead to 2021 when the annual celebration, including the Torchlight Parade and fireworks, are scheduled for July 21-24.