by: Scott McCaulley
Several area cities and organizations are making plans to move forward with Independence Day Celebrations with some changes due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Annual Fireburst Fireworks show will be held again this year over the waters of Table Rock Lake near the Kimberling City Bridge on July 3.
Mayor Bob Fritz tells Ozarks First that last year around 5,000 people came out to celebrate the country’s independence, many from boats on the lake. Mayor Fritz did say that the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce will put up signs reminding attendees about Social Distancing plus folks can wear Masks if they so choose.
Another city that is going ahead with their Fireworks Celebration is Harrison. Matt Bell of the Harrison Convention and Visitors Bureau said Tuesday on the “Community Party Line” BOOTZ Country that some of the changes for the event on July 4 will include open seating allowing for Social Distancing and Live Music leading up to the Fireworks. There will be no competition or Food Trucks as in the past and their will be no 1029 the Z Street Dance afterwards as in past years.
Although no details have been released yet, the City of Hollister is planning to hold their annual Fireworks Celebration on July 4th.
One event that is not happening this year is Honor America at College of Ozarks, which announced earlier this Spring that Honor America would be cancelled due to lack of Social Distancing Ability on Campus.