Jun 29, 2020 4:42 PM

Some activities canceled, but Abilene fireworks, free swim still a go!

Posted Jun 29, 2020 4:42 PM

ABILENE -- Under the recommendation of the Dickinson County Health Officer, the City of Abilene’s July 4th activities in Eisenhower Park are canceled. 

The free swim and fireworks display, however, will still take place, according to information provided by the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau.  The free swim will be at the Abilene Swimming Pool from 1-5 p.m. and the fireworks display will begin at 9:45 p.m.

“While we know this decision will not be popular, it is with great sadness that we must cancel the Eisenhower Park activities,” said Jane Foltz, Abilene City Manager. “Every year people travel to Abilene to enjoy our celebration’s activities, canceling is the best decision to protect Abilene residents.”

According to Kellee Timbrook, interim parks and recreation director, canceled activities include basketball and volleyball tournaments, pedal tractor pull, baby beauty contest, and frog and turtle races. 

“The decision was made due to an increase in COVID-19 cases around Dickinson County,” Foltz said. “We ask that families continue to celebrate Independence Day at home and in small groups. Please stay safe and enjoy the day with your family.”

For more information, please contact Abilene Parks and Recreation at (785) 263-7266.