Fireworks, but no pancakes

Fireworks explode over Parr Field Thursday (July 4) during Independence Day festivities in Taos.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, towns are canceling or changing events for the Fourth of July holiday to protect public health.

The town of Taos has announced that no public gatherings will be held this year for the holiday. Mayor Dan Barrone's famous Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast on the plaza will not happen this year and the town is discouraging people from gathering for fireworks.

Fireworks will be shot from an undisclosed location and members of the public are encouraged to watch them from their homes if possible.

For the first time in its history, the Arroyo Seco Fourth of July Parade has also been canceled due to the pandemic. Since 1996, hundreds of people flock to the small village north of Taos to take part in the parade which has reached national fame.

This year, the streets of Arroyo Seco will not be lined with spectators and cars for the event.

Eagle Nest will also have a fireworks display over the lake but will not have an annual parade this year. The Eagle Nest Volunteer Fire Department BBQ will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for to-go orders only.

Eagle Nest State Park will be open for a limited amount of vehicles for parking to view the event. Visitors are reminded to maintain social distancing practices during the event.

Red River canceled its annual Fourth of July parade amid the pandemic and is hosting a virtual celebration of the town's 125th birthday on July 3, 11 a.m. on the town's tourism department Facebook page.

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