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Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 12:07 pm

Lodi’s annual Celebrate America event held in advance of the Fourth of July in the park at Hutchins Street Square, has been canceled due to concerns for the health of performers, spectators and city staff due to the ongoing heat.

It was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Fourth of July festivities will go on, despite the excessive temperatures.

Today’s temperature is expected to be 108 degrees, according to AccuWeather, a private forecasting firm.

A little relief is expected later in the week, with temperatures forecasted at right around 100 Friday and Saturday.

Cooling stations in both Lodi and Galt remain open.

In Lodi, Kirst Hall at Hutchins Street Square and the Lodi Public Library are open until 9 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively, today.

In Galt, the Chabolla Community Center is open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. The Littleton Community Center is expected to open Wednesday, if needed.

“We’ll have to look at the forecast later today to see,” said Armando Solis, the city’s parks and recreation department chairman. “It’s not just the heat, it’s the humidity.”

At this time, Fourth of July activities are still scheduled in both cities.

“The 5K and the parade are so early it should be fine,” Solis said of Galt’s events, including softball and horseshoe tournaments planned for the hot afternoon

“But they’re used to being out in this weather and know how to hydrate.”

Fireworks will be shown in both Lodi and Galt later in the night when it is dark.

Traditional activities at Lodi Lake including swimming, kayaking, paddleboards and the Kiwanis pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday are still happening, according to Jeff Hood, director of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Leisure Department.

The Downtown Lodi Farmers Market typically held in the evenings had already been changed due to the holiday.

Instead, it will be held on Thursday morning rather than in the evening, and at Lodi Lake rather than Downtown Lodi.

On Wednesday, the public is still welcome to picnic in the park at Hutchins Street Square, Hood said.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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