COVID-19 causes cancellation of several summer events

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 1:07pm

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Wake Forest has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Friday Night on White concert series, Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park and Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremonies.

Town officials say the decision to suspend these summer staples was based on the unpredictability of the coronavirus, a desire to safeguard the health and safety of the community, and an expectation that residents will not be allowed to gather safely in large groups for the foreseeable future.

“We are terribly disappointed about canceling these events,” said Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree. “However, our main priority is the health and well-being of our community. The latest information we have indicates we will need to continue social distancing into the summer months and beyond to help minimize the impact of COVID-19.”

Planning was well underway for the 2020 Friday Night on White Concert Series and Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park before the COVID-19 pandemic was declared. The Town of Wake Forest would like to recognize the generous sponsors that had already pledged their support for these events.

Friday Night on White

White Street Brewing Company, Gladwell Orthodontics, McPherson Family Eye Care, Mitchell Heating & Cooling, Pro Audio & Light, Foxy 107/104, Orangetheory Fitness Wake Forest, Capital PowerSports, Burn Boot Camp, NuImage Surgical & Dental Implant Center, Wells Family Dental Group, Triangle Family Dentistry, Capital Chevrolet, Fonville Morisey, Westgate Auto Group, Ads N Art, B&W Hardware, Sole Dimensions, Birkner Insurance, Circa Magazine, Coastal Credit Union, Wake Skin Cancer Center, Ting, Cavemen Moving & Storage, Heritage Eye Care, Wake Dental Wellness, Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Fidelity Bank, Wake Weekly, Chick-fil-A, Stanley Martin Homes, Avance Primary Care, Epic Axe, Goodberry's Frozen Custard, All American Gutter Protection, Wake Forest Federal, Carolina Regenerative Medicine, and First Choice DJ Services.

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park

Thomas Walters Allstate, Bumgarner & Martin Orthodontics, Arrow Church, Abshire Team – HPW, Mosquito Joe, Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest, McPherson Family Eye Care, Wake Med, The College at Southeastern, Wells Family Dental Group, and Christi Spencer - State Farm.

The Town would also like to acknowledge the veterans’ organizations responsible for coordinating the April-October flag-raising ceremonies: American Legion Post 187, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 187, American Legion Riders, Marine Corps League Detachment 1257, VFW Post 8466, and Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation.

“We understand how disappointing this announcement will be to the supporters who look forward to these events every year,” said Crabtree. “But we believe we are making the socially responsible decision. It’s certainly not the end of these events. Instead, it’s a pause as we navigate these uncertain times and learn the safest ways we can host our events in the future.”

At this time, decisions have not been finalized about other summer programs, events and operations, including the Independence Day festivities and openings of Holding Park Aquatic Center and Taylor Street Park Sprayground. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

For COVID-19 updates on Town of Wake Forest operations, services and events, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/covid-19-coronavirus.