Manitowoc parade, fireworks to go on as scheduled July 4

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MANITOWOC (WLUK) -- The Fourth of July parade and fireworks display are still on in Manitowoc, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Justin Nickels says in a Facebook post that the parade will begin at 10 a.m. and will have an expanded route to allow viewers to socially distance themselves along the route. Parade entrants will not be allowed to distribute candy or pamphlets.

The fireworks show is scheduled for dusk at the south pier on Lake Michigan. Families are encouraged to watch the fireworks from other locations in order to practice social distancing.

"Many cities are cancelling their shows in fear that people won't adhere to social distancing. Let's prove that we can still host some of these events safely," Nickels wrote. "There are a plethora of areas along the lakeshore to view the fireworks safely this year."

Other organizations have canceled their typical Independence Day events in Manitowoc, Nickels said. Those events include the Yacht Club party, the Salmon Derby and Subfest. Fourth on the Shore events will also not have bands or games for kids.