City of Calgary cancels New Year's Eve fireworks display

Dec 4 2020, 9:32 am

It looks like 2020 is getting the lukewarm send-off it deserves.

The City of Calgary announced in a Thursday press release that they have made the decision to cancel the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the release, the change is to ensure that Calgarians abide by the current outdoor gathering restrictions, which may remain in place throughout the holidays.

“That’s a tough decision, but a necessary one,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi in the release.

“There are still lots of ways people can mark the occasion while staying safe. Foremost, we encourage people to stay home so they can stay safe and healthy and help slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The city is encouraging residents to celebrate in safer, though slightly less explosive ways this year with their designated household.

Calgary Emergency Management Agency Chief, Sue Henry, said in the release that the city is hoping to plan more events for Calgarians in the future.

“Calgary is a vibrant city renowned for our world-class festivals and events and we realize this decision is disappointing for all Calgarians,” said Henry.

“However, public safety and therefore physical distancing must be our top priority during this second wave of the pandemic. Once it’s safe for Calgarians to gather once again, we’ll work with event organizers to bring amazing events back to Calgary’s streets, parks and venues.”