Iconic Activities Canceled by COVID-19 in Every State

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University of Alabama


- The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa announces that spring and summer commencements will be combined into a series of limited-attendance ceremonies during the last weekend of July.
- Birmingham's Secret Stages Music Discovery Festival announces that it will cancel its 10th-anniversary fest, which had been scheduled for Aug. 7 and 8.
Hangout Fest, Gulf Shores’ annual weekend music festival scheduled for May 21-23, is postponed until 2021.
- Some liquor stores operated by the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board — which sells the majority of alcohol in the state — are temporarily shuttered March 17.
- Hyundai Motor Manufacturing idles production at its Montgomery facility, which produces Elantra, Sonata, and Santa Fe vehicles. The plant reopens May 4 with a single shift.

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Denali National Park, Alaska


- In May, organizers of the Alaska State Fair announce that the 2020 festival will not open, the first cancellation since World War II.
- The city of Juneau, unable to agree on a social distancing policy, cancels its annual July 4 fireworks presentation
- Gov. Mike Dunleavy on March 28 issues a temporary ban on all intrastate travel except to "support critical infrastructure, or for critical personal needs."
- The awe-inspiring, 6 million-acre Denali National Park and Preserve closes its main Park Road to the public indefinitely. The park begins a phased reopening in June.
- The 2020 Arctic Winter Games, scheduled for March 15-21 in the neighboring Canadian territory of Yukon and a draw for dozens of Alaskan athletes, is canceled.

Grand Canyon National Park


- There's no sunshine for the University of Arizona and Arizona State football teams. The Pac-12 Conference announces Aug. 11 that the 2020-21 fall season is postponed.
- On June 29, Gov. Doug Ducey orders bars, restaurants, gyms, and water parks closed for at least 30 days following a spike in coronavirus infections.
- The city of Tucson postpones indefinitely its annual fireworks show, while Phoenix and Flagstaff cancel them outright. Other cities, including Scottsdale and Prescott, hold drive-in-only fireworks shows.
- Major League Baseball cancels the remainder of its spring training season on March 12, including the 15 teams that play in Arizona's Cactus League.
- Grand Canyon National Park, the nation's second-busiest park, closes indefinitely to visitors starting April 1. Some portions of the park remain closed as of July 15.
- The 40th annual Phoenix Pride Festival and Parade, which had been on the books for the first weekend in April, is postponed until Nov. 7-8.

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Little Rock, Arkansas


- The 37th annual Pops on the Riverfront concert and fireworks program, held in Riverfront Park in Little Rock, is called off.
- Thunder Over the Rock, Little Rock's annual air show and festival, is postponed until October 2021.
- The William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock closes to the public through at least May 31.
- The 17th annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hot Springs is postponed until mid-October, with grand marshal Cheech Marin appearing.

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- University of California, UCLA, Stanford University, and University of Southern California football won't happen as the Pac-12 Conference announces Aug. 11 that the 2020-21 fall season is postponed.
- The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association announces July 15 than the 132nd Rose Parade will not take place on New Year's Day 2021, the first such cancellation since 1945.
- The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, scheduled for mid-October, is canceled.
- The Monterey Bay Aquarium, which had been scheduled to reopen on July 9, announces it will postpone indefinitely the opening of its indoor attractions.
- The Hollywood Bowl cancels its summer season, the first time it's done so in nearly a century.
- Gov. Gavin Newsom signs an executive order May 11 requiring a mail-in ballot be sent to all registered voters for the November general election.
- The Los Angeles freeways are, for a time, nearly empty at rush hour.
- Disneyland closes indefinitely on March 14; other Southern California theme parks follow suit. Major tourist draws statewide, including San Francisco's iconic Fisherman's Wharf, announce shutdowns. State and national parks, including Yosemite, as well as state, county, and city beaches statewide also close.

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Colorado Ski Resort


- Sorry, Buffs fans. No University of Colorado football as the Pac-12 Conference announces Aug. 11 that the 2020-21 fall season is postponed.
- Although the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo is still planning to operate on a modified schedule this year, officials decided to cancel the annual Colorado State Fair Parade, originally scheduled for Aug. 29.
- The six-week Colorado Music Festival, held annually in Boulder for four decades, announces that all 2020 summer events will be held online. The 44th Telluride Jazz Festival also cancels its annual gathering, as does the Telluride Film Festival.
- Gov. Jared Polis orders ski resorts to close temporarily on March 14. The state's nearly 30 ski resorts remain shuttered as the ban is extended through at least May 23.
- A Boulder dispensary becomes the first in the state to offer legal home delivery of medical marijuana in March, prompted in part by the state-mandated shutdown.
- Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, the striking outdoor concert venue west of Denver in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, cancels or postpones its series of summer concerts.

New Haven Connecticut


- The University of Connecticut cancels its 2020 Huskies fall football season, the first FBS team to do so.
- Organizers announce in June that the Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade will not take place this year.
- Gov. Ned Lamont, citing a spike in coronavirus infections nationwide, pauses the state's reopening plans on July 7 and orders bars to remain closed indefinitely.
- The annual July Fourth fireworks show in Norwalk is snuffed out. Westport, Wilton, and other cities have made similar announcements.
- The International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is forced to move its events online.
- Bridgeport's Harbor Yard Amphitheater cancels its summer concert season, with shows not expected to resume until Aug. 15.

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- Officials with the Delaware State Fair say the 101st annual event will go on as scheduled in late July, but the related concert series is canceled. Hank Williams Jr., Dierks Bentley, and Jim Gaffigan were among those scheduled to perform.
- The 28th annual Apple Scrapple Festival, planned for October in Bridgeville, is postponed until 2021. 
- Delaware's presidential primary is postponed twice and scheduled to take place on July 7.
- The 88th Dover Days, the annual celebration of Delaware's culture and history (which includes one of the biggest parades in the state), is postponed until 2021.

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- President Trump announces on July 23 that the Republican National Convention, which had earlier been moved from Charlotte, N.C., to Jacksonville, will be canceled except for small gatherings in Charlotte.
- After a spike in coronavirus cases, the Miami-Dade County government orders all public beaches closed for the July 4 holiday weekend. Gatherings of more than 50 persons are banned, and parks are also closed temporarily.
- Gov. Ron DeSantis issues an executive order March 20 closing the state's iconic beaches; the ban is lifted April 17.
- Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld all close indefinitely by mid-March. Disney's Magic Kingdom reopens on July 11. Universal and SeaWorld also reopen.
- Major League Baseball's early end to spring training season on March 12 includes the dozen teams that play in Florida's Grapefruit League.

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- Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A announces its annual summertime Cow Appreciation Day, scheduled for  — when anyone who dress like a cow will get free food — has been postponed indefinitely.
- Morehouse College announces in late June that it is canceling its fall football and cross-country programs.
- Some coastal cities, including Tybee Island, order public beaches closed through mid-April. An executive order from Gov. Brian Kemp on April 6 reverses such decisions, reopening all state beaches to the public. 
- The Masters golf tournament scheduled for April 6-12 at Augusta National Golf Club, is postponed until Nov. 12-15
- The NCAA cancels its annual March Madness tournament, including the Men's Final Four weekend, April 5-8, which was scheduled for Atlanta's Georgia Dome. This was to be the event's 75th anniversary.

Hawaii State Art Museum


- The Hawaii State Art Museum closes to the public on March 16. It remains closed indefinitely as of July 10.
- The 50th annual Ukulele Festival, scheduled for July 19, moves all events online
- Gov. David Ige issues an emergency order March 26, requiring all persons visiting the state or residents returning from out of state to self-quarantine for 14 days. Fines for violating the order can be as much as $5,000.
- The 26th annual Honolulu Festival is canceled.
- The state Democratic presidential party, originally scheduled for April 4, is postponed in order to convert to a mail-in format. Ballots are due May 22.

Craters of the Moon National Monument
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- Citing coronavirus-related financial issues, officials at Boise State University announce in July that the school's baseball, swimming and diving programs will be eliminated.
- Although Idaho's caseload has been relatively low, Gov. Brad Little announces on July 7 that the state would not move out of its Stage 4 reopening as originally planned due to a rise in the state's coronavirus infection numbers.
- The state's primary election date of May 19 remains unchanged, but voting is done by mail only.
- Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve closes indefinitely to visitors. State parks close to campers in late March but remain open to day use. Camping resumes May 30.

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Lollapalooza in Chicago
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- The 29th Lollapalooza music festival, planned for the last weekend of July in Chicago's Grant Park, is canceled. The Chicago Jazz Festival and Taste of Chicago, two other popular summer events, are also canceled.
- The 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and related events, scheduled for Oct. 11, is postponed until next year.
- Gov. J.B. Pritzker issues a shelter-in-place order that takes effect March 21. A revised order May 1 is issued, allowing religious services and gatherings of up to 10 persons, which had heretofore been banned.
- Chicago's iconic Memorial Day Parade is canceled.
- The 15th annual Pitchfork Music Festival,  scheduled for mid-July in Chicago, is postponed until 2021.

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway


- The 2020 Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis is canceled for the first time since World War II. The related 4-H Livestock Show continues as scheduled.
- Indiana University releases guidelines in July for how it plans to operate during the fall semester. Like many large universities, IU says it will limit occupancy in its dormitories and send students home for online instruction from Thanksgiving until February 2021.
- The Indianapolis 500 is postponed from Memorial Day until August, the first time such a delay has been imposed since 1946.
- In March, Indiana's striking Dunes National Park closes buildings and facilities to visitors. Most portions of the park are reopened by late June.

Iowa State Fair
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- Indianola's annual National Balloon Classic is canceled. It had been scheduled for the last week in July and first weekend in August.
- The annual Iowa State Fair announces it will not be held in 2020, the first such cancellation since World War II.
- The 59th annual Ankeny SummerFest is postponed until July 2021.
- Gov. Kim Reynolds signs an order temporarily allowing bars and restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages and mixed drinks to go.
- Tyson Foods closes its Columbus Junction meat processing plant April 6 after more than 12 dozen workers fall ill. The facility reopens April 22.
- The Des Moines Symphony cancels its season through at least June 14.

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University of Kansas: Lawrence, KS


- The University of Kansas in late June announces a modified class schedule for the 2020-21 school term, including online final exams, a delayed start to the spring semester, and no spring break. Kansas State University announces similar plans.
- Two of Topeka's signature summer events, the Rock and Food Truck Festival and the County and Food Truck Festival, are canceled.
- Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order limiting religious gatherings to groups of no more than 10 persons is challenged by the state legislature and in federal court. A resolution of sorts is agreed upon May 4.
- The state in April defers expiration dates for occupational and professional licenses, as well as registration fees and penalties, for the duration of the pandemic.
- The 25th annual Festival of Faiths in Louisville, an interfaith celebration of music, art, and film, postpones its original April date.

Churchill Downs Racetrack


- The city of Lexington cancels its annual Fantastic Fourth celebration, including the July 4 fireworks show.
- Louisville's annual St. James Court Art Show, which attracts more than 250,000 art lovers every October, cancels its 2020 event.
- On April 2, Gov. Andy Beshear issues an executive order temporarily restricting out-of-state residents from traveling to the state except for "specific circumstances."
- The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Louisville's iconic Churchill Downs racetrack, held on the first Saturday of May for the past 75 years, is postponed until Sept. 5.
- The 25th annual Festival of Faiths in Louisville, an interfaith celebration of music, art, and film, postpones its original April date.
- Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, now in its 18th year, cancels its 2020 event scheduled for July.

New Orleans
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- New Orleans cancels its annual Go 4th on the River fireworks show. 
- The annual Miss Louisiana Pageant, along with all other Miss America competition events nationwide, is postponed until 2021.
- Gov. John Bel Edwards issues an order delaying the state's primary election from June 20 to July 11, and the general election from July 25 to Aug. 15.
- New Orleans' 50-year-old Jazz & Heritage Festival, better known as Jazz Fest, is first postponed, then canceled outright for the year.

Ogunquit Playhouse


- In late June, Bowdoin University in Brunswick cancels all fall semester athletics but says some events may resume after Jan. 1, 2021.
- The 55th annual Yarmouth Clam Festival, scheduled for the weekend of July 17, is canceled for the first time in its history.
An executive order issued April 3 by Gov. Janet Mills requires all out-of-state visitors to self-quarantine for a period of two weeks. Penalties for violating the order include a $1,000 fine and/or six months in jail.
- The state's primary elections are delayed from June 9 to July 14, although in-person voting is still planned.
- The iconic Ogunquit Playhouse, last of the New England great summer stock theaters, cancels its summer season for the first time since World War II.

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Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University


- The Baltimore Museum of Art closes to the public in March. Their outdoor sculpture garden reopens June 24, but indoor galleries remain closed as of July 10.
- The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, closed since mid-March, reopens to the public. Timed-entry tickets are required for all visitors in order to limit attendance.
- The state's primary elections, originally set for April 28, are postponed until June 2. Most people will vote by mail, as in-person voting will be limited.
- Maryland state courts are closed until June 5.
- Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center becomes daily required readings for millions of Americans.
- The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra cancels all events through June 14. Musicians stage virtual performances instead.

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Boston Marathon


- The Eastern States Exposition, a 104-year-old agricultural fair scheduled for late September in West Springfield, is canceled.
- Gov. Charlie Baker announces July 2 that the state will not move to Phase 4 reopening, which includes bars and dine-in restaurant service, for the indefinite future.
- The Boston Marathon, first run in 1897, is postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14. Despite two world wars and a bomb attack in 2013, the event has never been canceled.
- Although the state allows parks and beaches to remain open, it imposes a temporary ban on beach parking areas in order to limit the number of persons recreating.
- Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade is canceled.

North American International Auto Show
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- The North American International Auto Show, scheduled for June 11-26 in Detroit, is canceled.
- Detroit's annual Labor Day march, sponsored by the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO, will not take place this year. The city's July 4 Ford Fireworks show, another staple of summertime, is postponed until Aug. 31.
- Preliminary coronavirus-related state restrictions are expanded in April to include garden centers and flooring stores, causing confusion at big-box stores like Home Depot and Lowe's and protests in the capital of Lansing, causing massive traffic jams.
- The Motor City falls quiet as major automakers (and the industries that supply them) temporarily halt production in late March. Non-automotive manufacturing resumes May 7, and automakers resume production May 18.
- The 61st annual Ann Arbor Art Fair, a collection of four festivals in one, cancels its 2020 events. 

minnesota state fair


- Minnesota's iconic State Fair, one of the largest in the nation, announces in late May that the annual event will not take place in 2020.
- The Minnesota College Athletic Conference, which includes 24 two-year colleges in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, cancels all football, volleyball, and soccer programs for the fall semester.
- Stay-at-home orders first issued under Gov. Tim Walz at the end of March are extended through the middle of May. Anyone wanting to pay homage to Mary Tyler Moore on Minneapolis' iconic Nicolette pedestrian mall — or any other public space — must continue to observe social distancing guidelines of face a fine of up to $1,000, making hat-twirling a challenge. 
- The 44th annual Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, one of Minnesota's best-known athletic events, is canceled for the first time.
- The annual Irish Fair of Minnesota, held in August on Harris Island in the Twin Cities, is postponed until 2021.

Gulf Islands National Seashore
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- The 63rd annual Miss Mississippi pageant, scheduled for late June in Vicksburg, is canceled along with all related Miss America events.
- Much of the Gulf Islands National Seashore is closed to visitors on March 17. Portions of the park return to operation in May.
- Restaurants, movie theaters, salons, and other social spaces close April 3 on Gov. Tate Reeves' orders. If you want to hold a public gathering, your guest list cannot include more than 20 persons. Reeves extends his "safer-at-home" order to May 25, but relaxes rules on businesses reopening.

Gateway Arch


- The Show-Me State Games, the state's largest gathering of amateur athletes, is canceled. It had been slated for the last two weekends in July in Columbia.
- The Missouri Bontanical Garden in St. Louis cancels its annual Japanese Festival, a Labor Day Weekend staple since 1977.
- Popular amusement parks in the state, including Six Flags Over St. Louis, Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, and Silver Dollar City in the Ozarks, delay their seasonal openings.
- The breathtaking Gateway Arch National Park, which rises 630 feet over the Mississippi River on the St. Louis waterfront, closes to visitors in March.
- Fair St. Louis, held for the past 40 years each July Fourth weekend, and the much older 138th annual America’s Birthday parade both are canceled.

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Whitefish, Montana


- MontanaFair, the state's annual agricultural festival held in Billings, will go on as scheduled in July and August, but a number of signature events are canceled, including the rodeo, supercross, and all concerts. 
The Blackfeet Nation imposes a stay-at-home order through July 31, as well as overnight curfews, a ban on vacation rentals, and all entrances to Glacier National Park on reservation lands.
- Major ski resorts in the state, including Big Sky Mountain, Red Lodge Mountain, and Whitefish Mountain, close to the public in mid-March. Big Sky announces it will reopen May 22.
- The Crow Indian Reservation imposes a 10 p.m. curfew on tribal lands in March and imposes a general shelter-in-place order. Tribal leaders extend regulations until May 14.

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Omaha Nebraska
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- Organizers of the Nebraska State Fair say the annual event, scheduled for the end of August, will go on. All concerts scheduled to coincide with the fair are canceled, however, including performances by Clint Black and Jon Pardi.
- The annual City of Omaha Celebrates America concert and fireworks show, a staple of the city's summertime fun since 1987, cancels the June 26 event.
- Tyson Foods pork and beef plants in Madison and Dakota City, respectively, and Cargill beef plant in Schuyler announce temporary shutdowns in early May for a deep clean.
- The NCAA cancels the 2020 College World Series, held every June in Omaha since 1950.
- State election officials announce that the May 12 primary election will proceed with in-person voting (as well as early voting via mail-in ballot), the first such election since Wisconsin's controversial primary election on April 7.

Burning Man
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- The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the celebration of gizmos and gadgets that packs the convention halls every January, announces its 2021 show will be held online instead.
Burning Man, that annual gathering of tens of thousands of people in the Black Rock Desert, announces it will hold its 2020 celebration online.
- After allowing bars to reopen for business on May 29, Gov. Steve Sisolak orders bars in seven counties (including Clark County, where Las Vegas is) to close again on July 10 due to rising coronavirus infections. 
- The iconic casinos of Las Vegas — and throughout the state — go dark after Gov. Steve Sisolak orders all nonessential businesses to close temporarily on March 17. They reopen on June 4. 
- Recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries are deemed "essential businesses" and allowed to operate on a curbside-pickup-only basis. Stores are allowed to resume in-store sales May 7, provided they receive state approval.
- Gambling isn’t the only thing that shuts down in Las Vegas. Numerous musical residencies at casinos and showplaces, including those by Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson.

Waterville Valley Resort New Hampshire
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New Hampshire

- The 144th annual Deerfield Fair, the oldest such event in New Hampshire, is canceled. Other annual events that will not occur in 2020 include the 44th Annual Sheep and Wool Festival, the 31st Annual WHEB Chili Cookoff, the 62nd Annual Canterbury Fair, and the 36th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival.
- State officials loosen rules for voting via absentee ballot in the September primary and November general elections, allowing all voters the option. Plans for in-person voting remain in place.
- Ski resorts across New England, including New Hampshire's Loon Mountain, end their seasons prematurely, and state beaches are closed in mid-March.

PATH Station in Jersey City, New Jersey

New Jersey

- Gov. Phil Murphy on June 29 hits pause on the state's reopening plan, announcing that restaurants will not be prohibited from reopening for indoor dining indefinitely.
- The presidents of the eight Ivy League universities, meeting in New Jersey, announce July 8 that all fall athletics are canceled.
- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey orders PATH train service — New Jersey's subway link with New York City — to operate on a reduced service schedule beginning March 29 as ridership plummets. Two PATH stations in Manhattan close overnight, while each train's front and rear cars are closed to passengers.
- As in many states, Gov. Murphy in March orders the temporary closure of businesses deemed nonessential, including Atlantic City casinos, all gyms and salons, as well as racetracks and indoor shopping malls. Medical marijuana dispensaries are not included in the order.
- Beaches up and down the Jersey Shore announce they will begin reopening in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

New Mexico

- The annual Hatch Valley Chile Festival, planned for the last weekend in August, is canceled for the first time in its 49-year history. 
- The state's beloved Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta postpones its October event until 2021.
- On May 1, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham orders all roads in and out of Gallup be closed and a lockdown imposed on residents in an effort to contain a COVID-19 outbreak. The order expired May 10.
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park, as well as more than two dozen other national parks, monuments, and historic sites in New Mexico close indefinitely by March 22. The park has since reopened.

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New York

- For the first time in its 87 years, the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes is canceled.
- Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall, two of New York City's most important cultural venues, both announce performances will cease for the rest of 2020.
- The 50th annual Gay Pride parade, scheduled for the last weekend of June in Manhattan, is canceled. Smaller events continue, while others go online.
- The New York City subway system, the only 24/7 public transit system in the country, announces it will shut down from 1 to 5 a.m. for cleaning as of May 6, the first time such a service disruption has occurred.
- Banging on pots and pans, clapping, whooping, shouting, whistling, and any other means of making a joyful noise becomes a nightly 7 p.m. ritual in New York City — and many other cities and towns — as an expression of thanks to the city's emergency and essential personnel.
- All theaters on Broadway close indefinitely on March 12.

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Mountain State Fair in Fletcher, North Carolina

North Carolina

- The annual Mountain State Fair, planned for mid-September in Fletcher, is canceled. 
- North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University announces in June that the school's annual homecoming week celebration will not take place at the end of October.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park closes to visitors on March 24, as do several state parks. The national park announces a phased reopening will begin May 9.
- NASCAR officials announce that the Coca-Cola 600 will be held as scheduled Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway — without spectators.
- The Carolina Beach Music Festival, held annually for 35 years, is canceled, as are most other events scheduled for May and June in this coastal town south of Wilmington.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

North Dakota

- Officials with North Dakota State College of Science announce in June that the school's football team will not play in 2020.
- Minot's annual DakJam Live Music & Arts Festival scheduled for mid-August, cancels all events in July.
- Gov. Doug Burgum is one of the few not to issue a shelter-in-place order for state residents. His order closing nonessential businesses is lifted at the end of April.
- Unlike others in the National Park System, the Theodore Roosevelt National Park reopens to visitors May 9.

Cedar Point


- Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame cancels its live ceremony for 2020 inductees (its 35th), planned for May 2. Instead, a televised ceremony will air on HBO and HBO Max Saturday, Nov. 7
- In June, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra announces its summertime Picnic with the Pops concert series.
- Gov. Mike DeWine signs an order on April 7 allowing restaurants to sell booze to go
- Plans for the 150th anniversary of iconic amusement park Cedar Point, the "roller-coaster capital of the world," are pushed to 2021 and the park's 2020 season is suspended indefinitely
- The Gathering of the Juggalos, an annual musical bacchanalia founded by Insane Clown Posse that somehow has persisted for 20 years, is canceled. The band promises to return "stronger, bigger, and better than ever. Whoop whoop!"

Oklahoma City


- Oklahoma State Fair officials announce on June 26 that the annual festival in Oklahoma City will not take place in 2020.
- The University of Oklahoma in Norman prohibits all in-person events on campus through July 31. Officials say the fall semester will go on as usual, with a mix of in-person and remote classes. 
- Events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing are canceled or, like the annual reading of victims' names, pre-recorded instead. The city's Memorial Marathon is postponed until October.
- At the end of March, Gov. Kevin Stitt issues an executive order requiring travelers from California, Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and Washington to self-quarantine upon arrival in the Sooner State.

Arco Gas Station


- The University of Oregon and Oregon State football teams won't play for state bragging rights this year. The Pac-12 Conference announces Aug. 11 that the 2020-21 fall season is postponed.
- The annual Oregon Brewers Festival, held annually since 1988, calls off the 2020 event that was scheduled for July 22-25.
- The 40th annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, held the weekend of July 17, moves its events online.
- The state, one of only two that make it illegal to pump your own gasoline, decrees that motorists must (temporarily) pump their own gas. The decision, imposed March 28, is extended through at least May 9.
- The state imposes a temporary ban on elective and non-urgent medical procedures on March 23. The ban is lifted at the beginning of May, but medical providers must meet new safety requirements.
- The 43rd annual Portland International Film Festival comes to a premature close on March 12, three days before its scheduled conclusion.

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- The Philadelphia Museum of Art, originally scheduled to reopen to the public June 30, delays its reopening indefinitely. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts says it will reopen on Sept. 12, and the Barnes Foundation on July 25.
- Pittsburgh Steelers fans are disappointed to learn that the team will not play in the Hall of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys after NFL officials cancel the annual preseason event.
- Pittsburgh city officials cancel the annual July 4 fireworks show.
- The 2020 Little League World Series, held annually in South Williamsport, is canceled.
- Toll booths along the famed Pennsylvania Turnpike stop accepting cash for payment. Motorists must use electronic or pay-by-mail instead.
- Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival, held every June since 1960, is moved online.

Newport Rhode Island beach

Rhode Island

- Special Olympics Rhode Island, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, moves its May competition online.
- The 235th Bristol July 4 celebration, billed as the oldest in the country, scales back events commemorating Independence Day, including postponing the traditional fireworks show and a scaled-back parade.
- On April 3, state parks and beaches were closed per a governor's order. Some parks reopen on May 9, and others are expected to follow unless circumstances change.
- Gov. Gina Raimondo declares April 29 that large public events, including parades, festivals, and live music events will not be allowed over the summer. The Newport Jazz Festival, a summertime staple since 1954, suspends its 2020 event.

Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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South Carolina

- The Carolina Country Music Festival in Myrtle Beach is postponed until the weekend of Sept. 17.
- The University of South Carolina announces that its annual fall break will be canceled this year.
- Two of the state's most visible industries, automaking and aviation, grind to a halt as Boeing Co., as well as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo suspend output through mid-May.
- As spring break revelries near their peak, Gov. Henry McMaster orders the state's public beaches closed on March 30. By the end of April, most are open again.

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Mount Rushmore

South Dakota

- Numerous summertime festivals are canceled across the state, including Yankton's Riverboat Days festival, Wild Bill Days in Deadwood, and Festival in the Park in Spearfish.
- Smithfield Foods closes its Sioux Falls meat processing plant, one of the largest in the country, on April 12. The plant reopens May 7.
- While many of the state's most visited national and state park roads remain open, facilities, services, and visitors centers, and tours are closed. These include major tourist attractions such as Mount Rushmore and Wind Cave national parks, Jewel Cave National Monument, and Custer State Park. They have since reopened.
- The South Dakota Oglala and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes create checkpoints on state and federal highways to try to protect the health of their reservations. Gov. Kristi Noem orders them removed and threatens court action if tribes don't comply.

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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
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- The 31st annual Southern Heritage Classic festival and football game between Jackson State University and Tennessee State, held in Memphis every September, announces in June that the event will be canceled.
- The Memphis In May International Festival, which had been postponed until the end of September, announces in June that the 2020 fest will be canceled instead.
- The annual four-day Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, typically held in mid-June, is first postponed until Sept. 24-27 and then canceled outright for 2020.
- Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, original home to the Grand Ole Opry, falls silent. All operations cease until at least June 6.

State Fair of Texas ferris wheel


- The annual State Fair of Texas, planned for Sept. 25 to Oct. 18 in Dallas, is canceled for the first time since World War II.
- Fantastic Fest, the biggest horror/sci-fi/action film festival in the country, announces that the annual Austin event will be held online this year.
- The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest of its kind in the United States, is canceled March 11, days after it opens. 
- Dallas-based Neiman-Marcus files for bankruptcy May 7. 
- After dozens of major sponsors pull out, Austin Mayor Steve Adler says March 6 that the 34th annual South by Southwest festival will not occur in 2020.

Zion National Park, Utah
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- University of Utah football won't happen this year. The Pac-12 Conference announces Aug. 11 that the 2020-21 fall season is postponed.
- The 85th annual Ogden Pioneer Days Celebration and Rodeo cancels its month-long festival, which was scheduled for July.
- Salt Lake City cancels its annual July 4 Freedom Fest parade and fireworks show.
- The National Basketball Association suspends its 2019-20 season on March 12 after Utah Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell test positive for the coronavirus.
- Events at all state parks are canceled in late March, although parks remain open to visitors. National parks and monuments such as Zion National Park reopen in June.

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Rutland, Vermont


- The 175th Vermont State Fair is canceled in late May after Gov. Phil Scott bans all gatherings on the fairgrounds.
- The 25th annual Garlic and Herb Festival, held Labor Day weekend in Bennington, has been canceled.
- Operations at the state's ski resorts come to an early end for the season on March 15.
- The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, like many other cultural institutions in the state, says it will suspend its concert schedule indefinitely.

Alexandria Union Station at sunset in Virginia


- Rockets Red Glare, Richmond's annual July 4 fireworks spectacular, is canceled. Other cities, including Norfolk and Virginia Beach, follow suit.
- Hampton University announces July 1 that all fall semester classes will be online only.
- Gov. Ralph Northam orders the state's primary election delayed from June 9 to June 23, and local elections scheduled for the first week of May are pushed back to May 19.
- Commuters in the Washington, D.C., metro area have fewer options to get around via public transit as officials close more than a dozen Metrorail stations and curtail service hours.
- The 8th annual Lockin’ Music Fest, held at Infinity Downs Farm in rural Arrington, is postponed until October.

Pike Place Market


- The University of Washington and Washington State football teams won't play for bragging rights this year. The Pac-12 Conference announces Aug. 11 that the 2020-21 fall season is postponed.
- The Washington State Fair, which has been held for 120 years, is postponed for the first time since World War II.
- Seafair, Seattle's 10-week summertime festival held annually since 1950, is postponed until 2021.
- The annual Watershed Music Festival in Gorge is canceled for 2020.
- Seattle's iconic Pike Place Market, a magnet for tourists and locals alike, is for a time nearly empty. Sur La Table, the upscale cookware company that first opened 48 years ago in the marketplace, announces it will file for bankruptcy.
- Taste Washington, the largest regional food and wine festival of its kind in the U.S. and an important annual event for the state's wine industry, is canceled.
- Although not subject to Gov. Jay Inslee’s executive orders, several Native American tribes in Washington, including the Yakama Nation and Kalispel Tribe of Indians announce in early April that they will close their casinos temporarily.

U.S. Supreme Court
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Washington, D.C.

- All Smithsonian Institution museums, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Zoo, and the National Archives close to the public on March 14. The National Gallery of Art says it will reopen some galleries on a limited basis as of July 20, but other institutions such as the National Zoo remain closed indefinitely.
- The United States Congress suspends its session as of March 13. The Senate returns to work on May 4; the House of Representatives follows suit a few weeks later.
- The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments remotely for the first time in its history and broadcasts the session live. At least one of the justices forgets to mute their mic and a toilet flush can be heard at one point.
- The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts extends its performance shutdown through at least Aug. 9, including the entire 14-week engagement of "Hamilton," which had been set to open in June.

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Babcock State Park, West Virginia
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- The 43rd annual Ryder Cup golf tournament, scheduled for Sept. 22-27 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, is postponed until 2021.
- The Democratic National Convention is postponed until Aug. 17-20; many events will be held online, and Vice President Joe Biden says he will not attend in person.
A legal battle erupts over Gov. Tony Edwards' decision to halt in-person voting in the state's April 7 Democratic and Republican primaries.
- Outdoors enthusiasts lose access temporarily to 40 state parks, following an April 9 executive order. The majority of them reopen May 1.
- Summerfest, a season-long series of musical concerts that was to include Dave Matthews Band and Justin Bieber, first is postponed until September, then canceled outright.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming


- Organizers of Cheyenne Frontier Days, the biggest outdoor rodeo in the country, announce in late May that the 2020 event will be canceled, the first time this has occurred in more than a century.
- Tourism, one of Wyoming's two biggest economy drivers, takes a hit in late March when camping facilities in state parks are closed. Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks reopen in June.
- In a further hit to the state's outdoor recreation and tourism economy boosters, the state mandated that out-of-state visitors self-quarantine for two weeks (a rule that was lifted on May 8), and the state temporarily suspended sales of certain fishing licenses for nonresident visitors.

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