The annual Geranium Drop 2020 has been canceled due to the pandemic.

McDONOUGH — The annual New Year’s Eve celebration on the square has been canceled.

The McDonough Hospitality & Tourism Board announced this week the Geranium Drop has been scrapped due to CDC requirements in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the years, the celebration ushering in the new year has grown in popularity, bringing in live music, dancing and vendors while shops and restaurants around the square remain opening throughout the evening.

“We hope you will join us in December 2021 for our 10th anniversary drop in downtown McDonough,” board officials said in a release.

In addition to the Geranium Drop cancellation, the city of McDonough announced in August the annual Christmas parade would not go on as planned. It too has grown over the years drawing hundreds of residents and packing the city’s streets.

“With the crowds getting larger and larger each year, we just don’t know how we could have social distancing,” said Janis Price, McDonough city clerk. “We had to be safe for all of the families and people that like to attend.”

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