The city of Kent has canceled its Fourth of July Splash event at Lake Meridian Park for the second consecutive year due to the state’s COVID-19 restrictions about social distancing.
“It is with much regret that we announce the cancellation of the 2021 Fourth of July Splash,” according to a city statement. “In our continued effort to protect the collective health and safety of our community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event.
“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing to face many guidelines and restrictions that would impact our entertainment, food vendors, event activities and overall operations at the event.”
The popular event features food, music, games and a fireworks display. The special fireworks display received a city permit in order to operate. The city bans personal use of fireworks.
“We would like to say thank you to all of our Splash sponsors, including Edward Jones, the Lake Meridian Community Organization and many others, for their continued support,” according to the city. “While we are very sad to miss out on Splash once again, we look forward to a triumphant return of this beloved event in 2022.”