So this is what’s up.
As of this writing (June, 2020) the country – heck, the entire world – has basically come to a standstill for the past three months because of the coronavirus. Every conceivable sporting event is questionable at best, or outright canceled. Groups or gatherings are still either advised against, or banned. A ton of festivals and fireworks events are already canceled, and I’m getting more notifications every day (you really have to order your fireworks display well in advance, and back in March, who knew what it would be like in July).
So – will there be fireworks displays this year in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Indiana or Missouri? Right now it’s not looking good. And even if there are, if they all make their decisions around the same time (like in June) – well there’s only one of me and about 4000 displays spread out over all eight states, so I won’t get them all updated in time. (I just got out of two stays in the hospital non COVID-19 related – so I’m running late anyway)
So what I’m doing is this – I’m going to look through my news alerts and will post any events that I can easily confirm that are still happening with a strong caveat to CONTACT THE ORGANIZATION PUTTING ON THE EVENT to find out its status. Sometimes I’ll have contact info, and if I do, I will post it. But if I don’t, you’re going to need to find it. I can’t go sleuthing for all these displays myself when most or all of them are canceled. For this year only, the DEFAULT will be “canceled”. I don’t even know yet if all the cancellations will fit on the cancellations page. Please don’t write me asking me to look up displays for you. If they’re not listed here, that means I either couldn’t confirm they’re still going on, or else I found out they’re flat out canceled. I’m sorry, but that’s the year we’ve got right now.
Meantime, Hunter and I are going to use this as a rebuilding year, to overhaul the site, make it look prettier and function better, in hopes we’ll all be back to normal (at least fireworks-wise) next year.
And oh yea, I gotta find a job or some clients too. What a year – amirite?