Coolidge City Council

Councilman Benjamin Navarro, second from right, and Mayor Jon Thompson, right, throw candy to the crowd from atop a fire engine Oct. 5 during the Coolidge Days parade.

COOLIDGE — Two highly anticipated fall events organized by the city of Coolidge have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The city will not host Calvin Coolidge Days or the Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods event this year.

The announcement was officially made at Monday evening’s city council meeting during an update given to council by City Clerk Norma Ortiz.

Ortiz said that all department heads were notified of the cancellations through a memo sent out by City Manager Rick Miller, who was absent, and that the decision was made to avoid violation of social distancing practices and the state’s executive orders.

Held the first weekend of October, Coolidge Days are designed to celebrate everything that makes Coolidge unique and pays tribute to the president the community was named after — Calvin Coolidge.

This year will mark the first year the city will not host the event following 35 consecutive years.

GAIN night, organized by the Coolidge Police Department, seeks to bring members of the police force together with the community to strengthen community relations. The event has been held every year for the past decade.

Ortiz said the city may hold the Halloween Carnival at the end of October, but that the possibility is still being examined.

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