Metlakatla, Alaska (KINY) - An alarming spike in COVID-19 cases in the state and nation prompted the Metlakatla Indian Community to postpone the 2020 Founders Day Celebration.
Mayor Reginald Atkinson's office announced they received input from elders, members and residents and decided to cease plans for the celebration this year.
The fireworks display and luncheon are still planned but a date has not been set.
Those that bought vendor booths can request reimbursement or open the booth on August 7 provided they follow all guidelines for food distribution during the pandemic.
Founders Day began about 131 years ago when a group of 826 Tsimshian people from British Columbia followed William Duncan, an Anglican missionary, over the Canadian border to Annette Island.
The event normally includes a marathon, parade, field events, a hot dog feast and fireworks.