The Biggest and Best 4th of July Celebration in the UP!
It is with heavy hearts to announce that Bessemer Blast 2020 is cancelled due to the many uncertainties in the weeks ahead resulting from Covid-19. This unanimous decision is one that the committee has taken very seriously and included many different scenarios to safely hold our celebration this year. With the expected continued social distancing regulations, among other restrictions, very little, if any, of our “Social Event” can occur and satisfy these requirements.
We understand the impact this decision has on businesses, groups, and families that rely on Bessemer Blast to provide the social and economic boost our community needs. That is why we made sure to discuss the countless options with many stakeholders, including numerous event chairs, local business and property owners, local and state government and health authorities, and other volunteers and community members.
While we are saddened by this news, we remain positive about the great area we reside in. From waterfalls, walking trails, lakes, and great neighbors, we have many opportunities to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Restaurants and other small businesses are gradually reopening to serve our needs and are working together to get our community moving forwards again. Together, we will get through this.
If you are disappointed with this decision, please trust in knowing that the committee and the countless volunteers share your feelings. We love nothing more than hosting the U.P.’s Greatest 4th of July Celebration and seeing so many new and familiar faces in our community, along with the great economic benefit it provides our local business owners and residents. To risk our neighbor’s health by encouraging mass gatherings, especially with many travelers from higher infected areas, could be very detrimental to the Gogebic Range.
The all-volunteer Bessemer 4th of July Committee would like to thank our event volunteers and dedicated supporters throughout our storied history. The only way we will continue into the future is with new volunteer help. While new ideas and suggestions are great, they go nowhere when more help is needed. We meet the second Wednesday of every month. A private Facebook message or contact through our website is the best way to get in touch with us. A little bit of your time and dedication will make our event and community even stronger.
We appreciate your continued support of the Bessemer 4th of July. Those who already made financial donations will be contacted in the near future. 2020 has been a rough year for us all, but we look forward to seeing you in Bessemer June 27th-July 4th, 2021.
Happy 4th of July,
Bessemer 4th of July Inc. Committee