Gadsden, AL- Through collaborative discussions with local merchants, City of Gadsden Officials, and Downtown Gadsden Inc. the popular First Friday event has been canceled for Friday, August 7th, 2020. The Summer Concert Series event scheduled for the same day is also canceled.
The safety of all visitors and merchants is our primary concern and the event cannot be held safely with all of the necessary social distancing guidelines and important public health precautions in place.
“Hosting a popular event like Downtown Gadsden’s First Friday is just not responsible right now. There is no way we can have thousands of people gather in the street as we keep seeing the numbers of COVID-19 cases on the rise. We hope everyone understands that this was a difficult but necessary decision,” said Kay Moore DGI, Executive Director.
We hope to squeeze in a First Friday and Summer Concert Series this year, but the entire First Friday team is carefully watching data and guidance from public health officials. While we love First Friday in Downtown Gadsden, it is not worth risking the lives of our visitors, vendors, and merchants.