SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — The annual Miramar Air Show has been canceled for 2020, according to officials. Citing public health risks associated with COVID-19, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Marine Corps Community Services made the announcement Monday.
The event is touted as the largest military air show in the world and draws 500,000 spectators each year, according to MCAS Miramar officials.
Col. Charles Dockery, Commanding Officer of MCAS Miramar made the decision as novel coronavirus cases continue spreading across California and beyond. Officials said they will now begin early planning for a show in 2021.
This year's air show was slated to take place Sept. 25 - 27.
“The Miramar Air Show brings in aviation enthusiasts from all across the United States and from every corner of the world," Col. Dockery said. "While we had initially hoped to host the show and help usher in a re-opened San Diego, there are still a great many risks posed with a mass gathering of this size and scale to do it in a way that ensures our guests' absolute safety. It remains a prudent choice to look ahead to 2021 and make it better than ever.”