The City of Auburn won't hold its originally-scheduled Independence Day celebration Saturday, July 4, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The city had planned to hold the annual celebration on Saturday, but steady numbers of infections, along with reported recent increases around the state have put a damper on those plans.

"Sadly the virus has not stopped spreading," city officials said in a statement. "We ask that you please follow doctors' orders, wear masks when you go out, wash your hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer and social distance. remember that there are many people who are immunosuppressed; battling cancer, arthritis, colitis, asthma, etc. Our precious elderly population is still most at risk for severe outcomes. Thank you to all who have taken precautions."

For now, the city plans to have fireworks at its annual Auburnfest event in October if conditions warrant.

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