The Town of Greeneville announces cancellation of the seventh annual Midnight On Main celebration, due to concerns related to COVID-19.
Two main factors led to the decision to cancel, according to organizer Amy Rose, Public Relations Manager for the Town of Greeneville
“There’s no safe way to social distance at an event like this,” Rose said. “In the past, large crowds have gathered inside our venues for music and dancing, and Main Street has been filled with dancers and spectators for our midnight fireworks show.”
“As much as we would like the celebrate the end of 2020, we don’t want to do anything that might risk the health of our citizens and visitors,” Rose said.
In addition to the lack of social distancing, the second main factor that led to cancellation is the fact that several sponsors already have said they would not be able to participate this year.
All expenses for Midnight on Main are paid for through community sponsorships, and no taxpayer dollars are used to fund the celebration.
Rose added that the Town plans to continue its tradition of a midnight Ball Drop ceremony, powered by Greeneville Light & Power System, using video and online services this year.
The large lighted ball used for the Ball Drop ceremony on Main Street holds written New Year’s Resolutions and wishes for the coming year.
This year's ceremony will also allow everyone to say goodbye to 2020.
For more information on the Ball Drop Ceremony search for the Facebook event called "Greeneville's Virtual Ball Drop."
For photos from the 2019-2020 Midnight On Main celebration, please visit the Town of Greeneville’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TownofGreeneville.