Fewer bombs bursting in air

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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The health concerns and economic impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have meant the majority of the area’s traditional Fourth of July fireworks celebrations have been canceled. However, downtrends in cases across the commonwealth and the arrival of Phase 3 of the reopening process mean some localities will still be getting their firecracker fix this weekend.

Farmville and Prince Edward will forego traditional celebrations this year. The Farmville Town Council announced in early April it would cancel the town’s annual fireworks event, traditionally held July 3 at the Farmville Regional Airport, due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

The annual Fourth of July celebration typically provided by Meherrin Volunteer Fire and Rescue was also canceled. Although the event has been an area staple for 34 years, the department noted the economic toll of the pandemic meant local businesses could not reasonably be asked to donate funds typically solicited to help put on the show.

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In nearby Blackstone, residents will have their pick of which Fourth of July fireworks shows to attend.

In a Monday, June 8 Blackstone Town Council meeting, council members voted to approve the use of the Town’s Wrigglesworth Sports Complex for a Fourth of July fireworks celebration to be held Friday, July 3.

The council originally considered holding the event, scheduled from 4 to 9:30 p.m., on Saturday, July 4. However, they voted to instead choose July 3 in order to avoid scheduling conflicts with the third annual fireworks celebration held by the Tri-County Eagles on Cox Road. The Eagles’ fireworks event will be July 4 as planned.

Despite the many cancellations, residents can still enjoy a lightshow while staying home and safe via many televised celebrations scheduled for Saturday.

The 40th annual “A Capitol Fourth” celebration is scheduled for 8 p.m. on PBS. Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks will be broadcast on NBC at 8 p.m. Saturday.