After careful consideration, the Village of Pinehurst has made the difficult decision to cancel the Fourthfest fireworks display scheduled for July 3 and the Fourthfest parade scheduled for July 4. The Village has canceled both events due to concerns with anticipated crowd size in relation to the COVID-19 mass gathering limitations currently in place.
“This decision was extremely difficult as we know the Village’s Fourthfest celebration is a treasured community tradition. Village staff considered every option and came to the conclusion that the best decision for the health and safety of our community is to cancel these events,” said Village Manager Jeff Sanborn.
“This decision to cancel our Fourthfest events had to be made well in advance because of the amount of time and effort that goes into planning them,” said Parks & Recreation Director Mark Wagner.
“Planning and executing these events involves many people – from our staff, to the vendors, to all the parade participants. We had to make the call early enough so that people can plan accordingly.”
The Village will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow the guidance provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Governor Cooper. Additional closings or interruptions in service may be necessary and that information will be updated on its website and social media.
Feature photo: Fireworks by Sandhills Sentinel Photographer John Patota