The Austin Symphony Orchestra's annual Fourth of July concert and fireworks show has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.
"The ASO wants what is best for attendees, musicians, volunteers and staff, making everyone's health a top priority," reads a statement on the symphony's website. "Gathering for this event usually includes a crowd of 100,000 people within very close proximity to each other, which at this time is deemed unsafe due to the Coronavirus."
The concert is usually scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July at Vic Mathias Shores, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. In addition to free music and fireworks, there are also food and drinks, as well as arts and crafts vendors.
"We have had to cancel only one other time in the 40-plus years we have produced this event for Central Texas," Executive Director Anthony Corroa said in the statement. "The health of our musicians and the community is of greater concern. Your Austin Symphony Orchestra will be back next July 4th with an amazing concert and fireworks display fit for Texas."
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