Organizers of Burien’s Three Tree Point 4th of July Festivities Committee announced on Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2020 that – due to uncertainty related to the COVID-19 coronavirus – they will be canceling all community events for 2020.

This will be the first cancellation in the history of this popular, all-day neighborhood block party, which included a community breakfast, flag raising ceremony, children’s parade, games, and a climactic nighttime, barge-based, donation-funded fireworks display that cost around $35,000.

As we previously reported, on Feb. 27, the committee announced that this year’s 4th of July fireworks show would likely be canceled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting fireworks manufacturing in China.

They asked for community feedback, and announced their decision today (Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2020).

“Even if matters settled down by mid-May, we would not have enough time to fundraise or plan,” organizers said. “We want to thank everyone who has ever volunteered to raise funds, organize or host all of our 4th of July events over the past years. We hope to continue our community tradition in 2021. In the meantime, stay safe and well!”

Here’s the full announcement from Veronique Hval and Chantel Pennettawith:

Three Tree Point’s 4th of July Festivities
& Coronavirus

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We want to thank you all for your replies to our initial email regarding the Three Tree Point 4th of July celebrations.

From your feedback, we were planning to keep the children’s parade and flag raising ceremony. In light of the magnitude of the Coronavirus and all of its uncertainties, we have now decided to cancel all community events for this year. Even if matters settled down by mid May, we would not have enough time to fundraise or plan.

We want to thank everyone who has ever volunteered to raise funds, organize or host all of our 4th of July events over the past years. We hope to continue our community tradition in 2021. In the meantime, stay safe and well!

– The Three Tree Point Committee

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