So this is what’s up.
As of this writing (March 15, 2020) the country – heck, the entire world – has basically come to a standstill because of the coronavirus. Every conceivable sporting event is questionable at best, or outright canceled. Groups or gatherings of 100, 250 or in some cases 1000 people are either advised against, or banned. A ton of St. Patrick’s Day parades are canceled, schools are closed, and they even canceled commencement at the University of Michigan (I don’t think that’s happened in my lifetime!)
Nobody has any idea how long it’s going to be before we get a grip on this thing and events start opening up again. It might be two weeks, it might be summer, it might be fall. Will there be fireworks displays this year in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Indiana or Missouri? Maybe some, maybe all, maybe not. I don’t know, and I suspect that a lot of decisions won’t be made until much further down the road. And if they all make their decisions around the same time (like in late May or 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.
So what I’m doing is this – I’m going to look and will post any events that I can find 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.
I’ll do the best that I can, but I won’t get them all. But I’m currently self-isolating myself (due to underlying health issues – I don’t have it, I hope) so should have a little extra time to work on it.
If we’re lucky, it’ll all blow over in a few months and at least part of the season will be saved. If not, well, there’s always next year.