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Juneteenth, 4th of July celebrations postponed

Published: Jun. 12, 2020 at 12:03 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -

The city of Meridian is postponing its Juneteenth and 4th of July celebrations. The announcement was made Friday in a news release, citing potential health risks related to the coronavirus and the governor’s Safer At Home order, after consulting local health officials.

Dates for both events will be announced later.

The city said it still plans to celebrate Juneteenth Heritage during the month by bringing the community together through special programs.

"Our goal is to emphasize black history, heritage and education, and plan for the future for the people of all races, nationalities and religions," said Mayor Percy Bland.

Plans for July 4th will include flying American flags and encouraging local businesses to decorate their storefronts for the holiday.

The Earth’s Bounty Festival is still scheduled for Saturday, July 4, at Singing Brakeman Park from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

The city reminds residents that discharging fireworks in the city limits is prohibited by law.

The city will continue to provide updates through its website and social media. For more information, call 601-485-1908.

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