This is a good news, bad news situation.

According to a press release from the McCall Area Chamber there will be no fireworks over Payette Lake in McCall this Fourth of July. It's the latest summer tradition to fall victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the release, Lisa Johnson, the McCall Area Chamber event committee chair explains that it wasn't an easy decision to make. The Chamber and City of Mccall conducted a survey asking residents how they felt about including a fireworks show as part of this year's celebration. The opinion was pretty evenly split among the 838 people who too the time to respond. 51.6% wanted the show, 47.5% said they weren't in favor or weren't sure how they felt about it.

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After planning meetings looping together the McCall Area Chamber, the City of McCall, law enforcement and local health officials, it was determined that there wasn't a place to hold the fireworks show that would allow the event planners to provide the proper amount of hand-sanitizing stations and enough space for people to spread out properly.

That's the bad news. The good news? They are organizing some fun alternatives that will still make the trip up 55 well worth your family's time. Some of the things in the works include a drive-in concert from Jeff Crosby, drive-in movies, a patriotic boat brigade and a light-up caravan. Of course, you'll still be able to responsibly enjoy some of the other great parts of being in McCall like grabbing an ice cream cone on Ice Cream Alley, boating and golfing!

Bookmark THIS PAGE to keep up to date with what McCall is planning for this year's Fourth of July celebration.

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