NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. – The Yahnundasis Golf Club was planning to put on a Fourth of July fireworks display this weekend, but after receiving word from New York State officials, they have decided to cancel.
Bob Ryan, president of the golf club, said the town of New Hartford approved their permit application for the fireworks, before they announced their event plans on Friday, June 26. Later that day, Ryan says they heard from the state, advising them against holding the event.
State and local officials are still directing localities to avoid any events that would draw large crowds and potential cause a spike in coronavirus infections.
On Monday, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said he plans to send a letter to local leaders, letting them know “large-scale firework demonstrations are not allowed – and should not be, because the issue isn’t about the fireworks, the issue is about the gatherings. Because where there are fireworks, there are mass gatherings.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced Monday the creation of the Fireworks Enforcement Detail, in an effort to stop illegal fireworks from coming into New York. He said the state would also provide enforcement tools to local governments to combat illegal firework activity.