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Red, White & POOF!

By Staff | May 19, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced communities nationwide to cancel all and any big events.

On Monday, the virus claimed another victim. Red, White & BOOM, the annual July 4 celebration in the South Cape that brings tens of thousands of visitors to the city of Cape Coral every year, was postponed until the Labor Day weekend.

City Parks and Recreation Director Karen Runyon delivered the news, short and sweet, during Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting during an update on where the parks and summer camps were ahead of summer.

Runyon said the city has been looking at what other communities are doing throughout the state.

“I’ve been talking to people in different locations, and we have decided to cancel Red, White & Boom and move the celebration to Saturday, Sept. 5, in conjunction with Cape Coral’s 50th anniversary,” Runyon said, adding they would re-evaluate things in July.

“It was the prudent thing to do. We don’t want several thousand people congregating out there and trying to police and instruct them. It’s quite difficult,” Councilmem-ber John Carioscia said. “If you look at the logistics, it doesn’t seem to be the thing to do at this time.”

Red, White & BOOM is among the biggest single-day events of the year in Cape Coral, bringing as many as 40,000 into the downtown area at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge at featuring live music, dozens of vendors, fireworks and much more.