The Lincolnton City Council decided back in May to cancel their annual Fourth of July parade due to restrictions on gatherings, which are still in place now. At that time, they expressed a desire to have the fireworks display, but the Lincolnton High School stadium would not be open for seating. The fireworks show will go on in Lincolnton and will be put on by the same vendor the city has used in the past, East Coast Pyrotechnics. Those who are able to view the display from their homes will be the lucky ones. Others will have to watch a virtual show which will be coordinated with Lincolnton Live.
While watching fireworks virtually may not have the same appeal, this is all being done for the safety of residents. The show will be on the City of Lincolnton website and on Facebook. In addition, there will be recorded music performances. The area around the stadium will be closed to all traffic. There are no viewing areas at the LHS Stadium, LHS Parking Lot, Jeb Seagle Road or Skip Lawing Road. All roads will be blocked.
The coronavirus pandemic has been the hard on scheduled events. The parade in Crouse was also cancelled. The Westport Community in Denver is still having their parade, according to a Facebook post. It will start in the parking lot at St. Peter By the Lake Episcopal Church at 8433 Fairfield Forest Road in Denver and travel about 10 miles through the streets of Westport. Only 35 vehicles will be allowed per the Sheriff's Department. No walkers, bikes or motorcycles. The massive fireworks display and music show that is usually held right before the Fourth of July at the East Lincoln High School stadium has been postponed from its original date of June 27 to July 25, if restrictions are lifted. Given the rise in positive cases in the state, it’s hard to imagine packing thousands of people into a stadium for an event.