Thursday, June 13, 2024

Wilmington postpones fireworks, Carolina Beach cancels displays, movies, and concerts

Samantha Morris and Will Darrough, both Wilmington residents, watch the Thursday night fireworks show from the patio of the Olde Salty, 9:07 p.m. (Port City Daily photo | Mark Darrough)
Fireworks across the region are being canceled due to Covid-19 (Port City Daily photo | Mark Darrough)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The Covid-19 pandemic is causing yet another disruption in life as we know it, this time, it’s canceling fireworks shows around the county.

The annual Fourth of July fireworks show the City of Wilmington puts on has been postponed with plans to hopefully move the celebration to a later date.

“Due to safety considerations around social distancing, mass gatherings and efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the July 4th fireworks celebration downtown is being postponed to a date to be determined. The city will continue to monitor the governor’s guidance regarding mass gatherings and hope to hold this celebration at a later date,” according to the City of Wilmington.

But it’s not just the Port City that is seeing disruptions.

In the Town of Carolina Beach, weekly fireworks are a tradition but at least for the first six weeks, the shows have been canceled.

“Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the North Carolina State of Emergency limits on crowd size, the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach have to cancel all May and June events previously scheduled. This includes the first six fireworks and movies as well as the first two free summer concerts at Ft. Fisher,” according to the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

There has not been an official announcement on the Town of Carolina Beach’s 4th of July fireworks show as of yet.

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