COVID-19 has struck again by putting a pin in one of the two fireworks shows scheduled this weekend in Cleveland in observance of the Fourth of July.The city of Cleveland, Cleveland Ford and Mt. …
COVID-19 has struck again by putting a pin in one of the two fireworks shows scheduled this weekend in Cleveland in observance of the Fourth of July.
The city of Cleveland, Cleveland Ford and Mt. Olive Ministries released a joint statement Wednesday confirming the show's postponement.
“Out of an abundance of caution, care and concern for our community, we at the city of Cleveland, Cleveland Ford and Mt. Olive Ministries have decided to postpone our firework show due to the apparent increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our area. We are considering Labor Day weekend as a possibility, and when a decision has been made, we will notify the community. Stay safe and have a happy Independence Day.”
However, the show taking place at Howard’s Fireworks beside FleaLand FleaMarket off Highway 64 is still scheduled and will present a full-length show for Cleveland and Bradley County residents to enjoy.
For their 31st year, Commisioner Howard Thompson of Howard’s Fireworks said his team will be set up for a 55-minute show of 500-gram fireworks beginning at 9:15 p.m.
“People are ready to get out and get loose,” Thompson said.
Premier Mobile Entertainment will be set up across Highway 64 from FleaLand providing music before the show, and there will be a host of concessions and food to be enjoyed by all.
This year’s sponsors of the show are state Rep. Dan Howell, American Portables, Bill Owens Plumbing, Rock Man, Hope Trucking and WOOP 99.9 FM.
When asked about sales of fireworks amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Thompson indicated that “distributors are reporting record sales. People (distributors) are happy, and we’ve been happy, too.”
The featured firework for this year at Howard’s Fireworks is one with a cartoon of President Donald Trump with the title “Make America Bright Again.”
Howard’s Fireworks manager Debbie Thompson lightheartedly suggested, “If you like him you can enjoy it, and if you don’t like him you can blow him up.”
As usual, the fireworks will be shot from the FleaLand FleaMarket parking lot, owned by Thompson, at 5527 Highway 64 (Waterlevel Highway). That is also where the family-owned fireworks stand is located.
Attendance in years past has ranged from 10,000 to 20,000. So, those planning to attend are urged to stake their claims early on a safe spot to view the show.
The weather forecast for Saturday indicated that temperatures will be humid in the high 80s and low 90s, and there will be scattered showers and thunderstorms in the area for the weekend. But, forecasters believe skies will be clear by the time the fireworks shows get underway.
But, just in case, having rain gear available is not a bad idea.
Because of the rise in the spread of COVID-19, it is also highly recommended that fireworks show attendees abide by social-distancing guidelines, and to wear personal protective equipment like face masks.
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