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Little Rock 4th of July event Pops on the River canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

The cancellation was requested by Little Rock officials, citing public safety hazards.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The 37th annual Fourth of July event Pops on the River celebration sponsored by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has been canceled due to concerns for public health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The cancellation was requested by Little Rock city officials, according to Amanda Copley, ADG's marketing and events director, citing public safety hazards. 

Copley said because Pops on the River is free, crowd control would have been difficult.

The event would have included a concert by the Arkansas Symphony with singer Nicki Parrish and trumpeter Rodney Block, along with a kids’ pavilion, a marketplace and a fireworks display finale.

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