Blizzard has decided to delay the start of their very own Fire Festival till the week of July 20th in Burning Crusade Classic, per Kaivax on the official forums.
Citing the recent launch itself, as well as a fear that many players were "taking their time" to level to cap, the team at Blizzard has decided to delay the start of the Midsummer Fyre Fire Festival till the week of July 20th. The team has stressed, though, that next year's (Ja Rule-less) Fire Festival will still launch at the normal time, conciding with the regular Northern Hemisphere calendar.
"With Burning Crusade Classic launching only three weeks ago, we decided to postpone the Midsummer Fire Festival this year. It felt a little too soon to have players who might be taking their time feel the need to level up (or level up their alts) so they could make the most of Ahune, among other things. But we don’t want to skip a whole year, so we’ve decided to open the Midsummer Fire Festival in Burning Crusade Classic the week of July 20, 2021. It will return to its usual time coinciding with the real-world Northern hemisphere solar calendar in 2022."
Additionally, the team did plug another major event happening the week of July 20th: the 2020 Summer Olympics will be returning in the real world, marking a return to normalcy as in the Before Times. Blizzard is reintroducing the Spirit of Competition that same week, bringing it back after its only occurance in 2008 during the original release of The Burning Crusade.
The team stresses to keep an eye on the World of Warcraft blog for full details as they get closer. In the meantime, Retail WoW's 9.1 patch is getting closer, launching on July 29th, and our very own Chris Hutton has you covered with a checklist of items to handle to get prepared for the upcoming content. Additionally, if you're still romping through Burning Crusade Classic you can check out our review in progress.