File Photograph Main Street in Mount Morris is all decked out with American flags for a celebration of Glory Day. The annual festival has been canceled for 2020. Plans are to bring it back in June 2021.

MOUNT MORRIS – The 2020 Glory Day festival in Mount Morris has been cancelled, with organizers hoping to return with a new Glory Day for June 12, 2021.

Mount Morris Partners for Progress helps organize the event and said in a statement on the group’s Facebook page that it decided to cancel the event in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Based on not knowing the timing of when we can get back to normal and the financial stress that all of our sponsors and businesses are under, we cannot in good faith move forward for this year’s event,” said Partners for Progress President Bill D’Angelo.

Glory Day takes place annually in June. The festival celebrates the American Flag and Francis Bellamy, who was born in Mount Morris. Bellamy is best known for writing the Pledge of Allegiance.

For many attending the annual celebration is an annual tradition but with everything happening with the COVID-19 virus organizers say cancelling the event this year – was the right thing to do, given the current circumstances.

“We will plan our next steps to helping everyone when we are allowed to meet again. Stay safe,” said D’Angelo.

During last year’s Glory Day, the village celebrated its 225th birthday and unveiled a new mural that reflects the history of the community and includes such people as Bellamy, Gen. William Mills of Mills Mansion, William P. Letchworth, who started the state park that bears his name; explorer John Wesley Powell; suffragette Mary Howell and Mary Jemison, among others.

The mural project was funded through grants from the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts, Livingston County Development’s Sign and Façade program, and funds from Mount Morris’s Partners for Progress.

The mural is the first piece of a county-wide “Inspirations Trail.”

Mount Morris Partners for Progress cancel Glory Days 2020

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