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The skies are forecast to be clear in the Bay Area on Saturday, even in San Francisco that has a reputation for being socked in with fog on July 4.
Despite the fireworks-friendly forecast, there won’t be any dazzling displays of color lighting up San Francisco Bay.
Fireworks shows across the region are cancelled to discourage large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. None of the big annual shows at the Berkeley Marina, Marin County Fair, Sausalito waterfront and San Francisco’s Aquatic Park will take place.
Small-town celebrations—including fireworks, parades and festivals—have also been cancelled.
Many cities are hosting virtual events including Concord, Foster City, Fremont, Gilroy, Orinda, Morgan Hill, Pleasant Hill and Redwood City, according to a list compiled by ABC 7 News.
In the weeks leading up to July Fourth, many Bay Area jurisdictions have reported fireworks use among the general public, even though the pyrotechnics are illegal in most cities—including Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland and Richmond.
Fire departments around the region are reminding residents of the dangers of fireworks ahead of the holiday.
“Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks,” the San Francisco Fire Department shared on Twitter. “Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks – devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.”
Amy Graff is a digital editor for SFGATE. Email her: email@example.com.