Altamonte Springs cancels Red Hot & Boom fireworks show for second year in a row

‘We hope to create new memories with you all in 2022,’ city said

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Looking forward to 2022, the City of Altamonte Springs announced Wednesday its Red Hot & Boom fireworks show will be canceled for the second year in a row.

The huge event, which typically attracts 250,000 people, was first canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Red Hot & Boom typically takes place at Crane Roost Park to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.

Altamonte City Manager Franklin W. Martz, II said canceling the event was a difficult decision.

“We have more than 165,000 people just around Cranes Roost, and a total of 250,000 people right around the Uptown Altamonte area. We cannot ensure the safety of our visitors with that many people coming into Central Florida from other parts of Florida and other states. So we are not going to have Red Hot and Boom this year; we will move our entertainment to our social media platforms. We will be back with Red Hot and Boom next year. It was a really hard decision, but it is important for leaders to make the harder right decision than the easier wrong decision. We must lead by example,” he wrote in an email.

Events are slowly coming back as more people get vaccinated, including concerts that are being planned for 100% capacity. Last month, the Amway Center announced country music star Kane Brown will make a stop in Orlando in December.

The Amway Center said as of the current schedule, Brown will be the second musical guest to perform at the venue since the pandemic started in 2020.

Orlando health officials said a decision has not been made on the fireworks at Lake Eola.

“In regards, to Firework at the Fountain, the city continues to have internal discussions at this time,” Public Information Officer Samantha Holsten.

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