City Council Votes to Cancel Memorial Day RiverFest and Move Vet Recognition Ceremony to November Amid COVID-19 Concerns

March 25, 2020 – At the request of City Staff, Green Cove Springs City Council voted in an emergency motion on Tuesday, March 24, to cancel Memorial Day RiverFest 2020 and move the Veterans Recognition Ceremony to November.

Executive Assistant and Event Coordinator Kimberly Thomas requested direction from City Council amid City Staff’s growing concerns about the COVID-19 virus in relation to large gatherings. Thomas has also received concerns from participating entertainers, vendors, and officials about the health and safety of attendees and invited veterans.

“The City of Green Cove Springs and its employees take great pride in hosting the Annual Memorial Day Festival, and it was with heavy hearts that the City Council moved to cancel this event. However, the health and safety of our citizens, partners and employees are of the upmost importance.” says Executive Assistant to the City Manager, Kimberly Thomas. “We hope that all will understand our decision and make plans to return for next year’s Memorial Day Festival on May 31, 2021!”

For vendor refunds contact Executive Assistant Kimberly Thomas at or 904-297-7500 ext. 3320. For questions contact Communications Coordinator Tiffanie Reynolds at or 904-297-7500 ext. 3329.

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