Aberdeen Town Board Tuesday canceled its historic Fourth of July fireworks at Aberdeen Lake due to COVID-19 concerns.
“It’s unfortunate…We are going to miss not having a fireworks demonstration but need to be prudent and consider our police and trying to get people [safe], but this weekend there was some major messes with thousands of people showing up at beaches,” Mayor Farrell said in relation to the pandemic’s cycle.
The board had discussed delaying the fireworks at its May 11 meeting until September 5 as a Labor Day Festival.
Caution was the tone during the initial fireworks discussion at the May 11 meeting in committing to the fireworks because it is difficult to predict the COVID-19 phase the state will be under.
It was suggested that visitors enjoy the fireworks from their cars, but it was brought to attention that the town had limited parking and that people will leave their cars and break social distancing guidelines.
It was also suggested at the previous meeting to have an elevated, aerial display, so people can enjoy the show away from the park.
The town may reschedule the fireworks at a much later date in the year.
The Village of Pinehurst will announce its decision on a Fourth of July celebration next week.
Seven Lakes will know by Friday, and it is unknown what County Club of North Carolina plans are.
Private individuals or corporations seeking permits for fireworks must apply online with the Fire Marshal. The permit fee is $300, and the permit holder is required to carry $1 million liability and $2 million aggregate. County of Moore must be named as additional insured.
Written by Sandhills Sentinel Journalism Intern Stephanie M. Sellers.
Fireworks photo captured by Sandhills Sentinel Photographer John Patota.