The Fourth of July fireworks present in downtown Augusta is again this yr after being cancelled final yr on account of COVID-19 issues.
Yolanda Greenwood, occasions supervisor for town’s Recreation and Parks division, mentioned the occasion can have stay music, distributors and video games for households to take pleasure in on the Augusta Widespread earlier than the firework present begins from the Fifth Avenue Bridge. Greenwood mentioned they take into account Augusta prepared to return to massive occasions, as COVID-19 instances drop and vaccinations improve.
“For a big occasion, I feel we’re prepared. Because of COVID, we’re going to be following the CDC tips. We simply assume most individuals at the moment are vaccinated and are prepared to return out and luxuriate in out of doors festivities,” she mentioned. “It’s protected to be open air, so we need to supply our neighborhood a pleasant Fourth of July occasion.”
The occasion will begin at 5 p.m. July 4, with a 20-minute fireworks present beginning at round 9:30 p.m. The Augusta Fee authorised awarding the $30,000 fireworks present bid to East Coast Pyrotechnics out of South Carolina, who has provided Augusta’s present yearly since a minimum of 2012.
In Columbia County
Columbia County Group Occasions Supervisor Janet Wheatley mentioned BOOM within the Park will return to Evans Towne Heart Park after being held on the Columbia County Fairgrounds final yr. Wheatley mentioned gates will open at 5 p.m. with fireworks beginning round 9:30 p.m.
“The one cause we did it at (the fairgrounds) was due to COVID. This yr, since every little thing is opened again up, we’re again to our regular day by day occasions,” she mentioned. “We’ve had a number of occasions already and everybody looks as if they’re able to get out and do issues once more.”
At Fort Gordon
Fort Gordon will truly be celebrating the Fourth of July early this yr, because the vacation falls on a Sunday. The Independence Celebration at Barton Subject will happen Thursday, July 1, from 5 to 11 p.m. and can embody fireworks, stay performances and greater than 30 meals distributors.
Is Augusta prepared for giant occasions?
With Augusta Satisfaction occasions developing June 25-26 and the Fourth of July celebration going down in downtown Augusta, AU Well being Infectious Illness Skilled Rodger MacArthur says Augusta is able to host massive occasions.
“For many of us, it must be protected or a minimum of fairly protected to have a reasonably regular Fourth of July and Augusta Satisfaction occasion,” he mentioned. “In Georgia, we’re not the place we should be at with the vaccination charges, however we’re getting there. Not solely aren’t we seeing an uptick in instances, we are literally seeing a constant downtrend in the instances, together with a considerable improve within the variety of sufferers which can be hospitalized throughout the state.”
Though the occasions are exterior, MacArthur mentioned folks with danger components and people who haven’t been vaccinated ought to nonetheless take precautions when out on the occasions.
“I do assume folks must be utilizing widespread sense,” he mentioned.