VIRGINIA CITY – County officials have canceled the Fourth of July fireworks display planned this year.
Storey County determined it was in the best interest of the community, including residents and businesses, to cancel the display. The decision was based on many factors including escalating COVID-19 cases, potential threats to communities, fire-prone conditions and cancellation of other like events.
Options for a fireworks display later in the year are being considered.
County Manager Austin Osborne said, “The decision was not made lightly. The health and safety of our residents, businesses, and visitors is our foremost priority. We expect larger than normal visitation this year – with or without the fireworks – and this decision will ensure that our emergency responders and local community will not be overwhelmed while also managing COVID-related matters.”
While Storey County has only reported two confirmed cases of coronavirus, there have been increases in adjacent counties and statewide.
Virginia City and its businesses are open and will celebrate Independence Day with reduced capacities, face masks and other Phase 2 protective measures.
In-lieu of a parade, an Independence Day Cruise runs from noon to 1 p.m. with a flyover from the Nevada Air National Guard. All are encouraged to drive through Virginia City and participate in the cruise. Registration is not required. Red, white, and blue vehicle decorations are highly encouraged.
Entertainment will be provided at the Bucket of Blood Saloon, Red Dog Saloon, Ponderosa Saloon and Bonanza. Attractions, including the V&T Train, trolley and mine tours, merchant shops and restaurants are open and following Phase 2 guidelines.
Osborne said, “While there will not be fireworks, Virginia City welcomes visitors to shop, eat and tour our attractions while remaining safe. We look forward to returning to normal next year.”
For tourism-related questions, contact the Virginia City Visitors Center at 775-847-7500 or the County Manager’s Office at 775-847-0968.
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