Superior’s Fourth of July festivities will be a little more subdued this year, but a celebration is still likely to take place.

The group of volunteers that plans the city’s annual parade and car show has decided to call it off this year in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is the hardest decision I think I have ever had to make in my life,” said Dan O’Neill, one of the parade organizers. “I just can’t bring all those people together. If someone gets sick, it just isn’t worth it.”

Thousands of people typically turn out in Superior for the annual parade and car show.

O’Neill said the committee tried to hold out in hopes that things would improve, but they made the decision to cancel the events last week rather than take a chance that the parade would lead to a surge of COVID-19 cases in the area.

“I looked at all the smiling faces of kids and everyone having such a good time, and I would hate it to end on a negative note,” O’Neill said.

But not all festivities have been called off.

Mayor Jim Paine said the city is still planning to hold the annual fireworks display on the Fourth of July.

“The only thing that would cancel it is if we had a significant surge in Douglas County in July,” Paine said. “Right now, we feel pretty comfortable with it.”