One of Sapulpa’s most anticipated summer shows has just lost its spark. On Monday afternoon, American Heritage Bank announced that they would not be having their 4th of July “American Celebrates American” fireworks display.
In a post on the company Facebook Page, the bank stated the reasoning behind the cancellation:
“… Each year, with the assistance of AHB employees, our local city officials, police, fire, and ambulance departments, we have celebrated July 4th with our community. This would have been our 24th year putting on this great celebration for our friends and neighbors. Most other area shows have been canceled, as well, as the logistics and extra precautions that would need to be in place this year make such an event unmanageable. Nevertheless, our patriotism is unwavering and we, as Americans, will get through this crisis like the many others that have come before. Whatever your plans are to celebrate the 4th of July this year, please remember the independence and freedoms we enjoy as Americans.”
A bank representative who wished to remain anonymous told Sapulpa Times in a phone call that the bank was simply trying to ensure the safety and health of everyone involved. “I’m as sick about it as anyone, but there are too many unknowns,” they said, pointing out that they were following the lead of surrounding towns with similar cancelations. They also said that given the expense of the event, it didn’t make sense to put a lot of planning and money into it, and then have to “pull the plug on July 3rd.”
COVID-19 might continue to cancel fireworks shows across the state, while others may be rescheduled. The Folds of Honor FreedomFest event in Tulsa was originally scheduled for July 4th but has since been rescheduled to Monday, September 7th.