After 100-plus degree days and the ban on fireworks displays by city fire marshal, Chesterfield canceled the entire July 4th celebration this year.
"Our ultimate concern (is) for the safety of everyone who would otherwise be attending our 4th of July Celebration," city officials said Friday in its announcements.
Monarch (Chesterfield's) Fire PD Marshal Roger Herin felt forced to put fireworks permits on hold, he said, since dry conditions combined with such high temperatures posed a real fire threat from fireworks' fallout. He announced the suspension Friday afternoon.
After Herin's decision, city officials said it would cancel the seventh annual celebration surrounding the fireworks display outside Chesterfield Mall, including music, food, inflatables for kids and more. The event typically is well-attended.
The fireworks and entertainers would be rescheduled for future parks events, officials said Friday,
Fire Marshal Herin pointed out there didn't appear to be much relief from existing weather conditions in sight by July 4—Wednesday.
The city is moving ahead with plans for yearlong festivities in 2013, to celebrate Chesterfield's 25th birthday as a city. It was incorporated in 1988 on a second ballot try.