The Edgartown Fourth of July parade — one of the Island’s premier summer events — has been canceled, the last in a long line of signature festivities to be cut from the summer calendar amid concerns about the ongoing pandemic.

After brief discussion from stakeholders, including grand marshal Joe Sollitto, who recommended canceling the event, Edgartown selectmen officially voted to cancel the parade at their meeting Monday.

The vote was unanimous.

“I vote yes, very reluctantly,” selectman Arthur Smadbeck said. “This would have been the 30th parade I participated in. I’m very, very sad on many levels and for many reasons.”

Selectmen also voted to cancel the accompanying Fourth fireworks off Lighthouse Beach in the evening. Mr. Smadbeck said despite the governor hoping to ease stay-at-home restrictions after May 18, there were no changes planned in social distance guidelines, making a crowded parade impossible.

The parade brings hordes of visitors to Edgartown’s downtown for the national holiday every July, with the seemingly never-ending cavalcade of floats representing one of the high water marks of the Island’s summer. The parade has 1,000 participants, and Mr. Sollitto estimated Monday that it brings between 20,000 and 25,000 visitors.

The cancellation joins other iconic summer rituals, races, festivals and events that won’t occur this year. They include the Chilmark Road Race, the Oak Bluffs fireworks, the Agricultural Fair, Taste of the Vineyard, Illumination Night and the second annual Beach Road Weekend music festival.

All the events have been canceled within the past two months, as the pandemic has left a cloud of uncertainty looming over the summer of 2020 on the Island.

Camp Jabberwocky, the perennial winner of best float, had already canceled their summer programming due to concerns about the virus.

In lieu of spending money on candy and floats, Mr. Sollitto suggested that participants donate those funds to the Island Food Pantry, or other local charitable organizations. Selectmen and town officials agreed.

“If we can’t do the fireworks responsibly on July Fourth in Edgartown, we can do something else responsible for all the people who are hurting,” town administrator James Hagerty said. “I think that is a really good idea.”