SOUTHEAST N.C. — The 4th of July won’t be the same this year thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic which has seen fireworks shows across the region canceled — but there are still some fireworks displays planned.
With major cancelations across the state, North Carolina Fire Marshal Mike Causey addressed concerns with residents taking it upon themselves to light up the night.
“As a result of the coronavirus situation, many professional fireworks display shows have been canceled — but that does not mean people should have your own backyard fireworks show. If fireworks are not handled properly, celebrations could end with a trip to the hospital,” according to a press release from Causey.
Specifically, in Southeastern N.C., the proximity to South Carolina makes it much easier for residents to take a quick trip south to stock up on illegal fireworks (since they are permitted in South Carolina).
Some fireworks are permitted in N.C., however, they are typically sparklers and other incendiary devices that do not leave the ground. It’s not just officials being too cautious, each year fireworks cause a number of injuries that require trips to the hospital.
“More than 9,000 people nationwide were treated for fireworks-related injuries in 2018, with 62 percent of them occurring during the month surrounding the Fourth of July (June 22-July 22). During that period, firecrackers were the number one cause of injuries, accounting for 19 percent of the estimated injuries. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for more than half of the total estimated injuries,” according to the release.
Causey encourages residents to attend professional displays instead of hosting their own ‘backyard’ fireworks event and even created a list of all of the professional shows going on this week.
Here is a list of all the public fireworks displays taking place in North Carolina this year:
|Mount Airy||Veterans Memorial Park||7/4/2020||9:15 PM|
|Boone||Westglow Resort & Spa||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Gastonia||200 East Long Ave.||7/4/2020||9:30 PM|
|Rocky Mount||600 Independence Blvd||7/3/2020||9:00 PM|
|Bladen County||Bay Tree Lakes||7/3/2020||9:30 PM|
|Currituck County||Historic Corolla Park – Whalehead Club||7/3/2020||9:00 PM|
|Eagle Creek Golf Course||109 Greenview Rd Moyock NC||7/11/2020||9:30 PM|
|Benson||McLamb-Tart Road||7/4/2020||9:30 PM|
|Durham||Durham Bulls Park||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Spring Lake||Anderson Creek Club||7/5/2020||9:15 PM|
|Vale – Catawba County||7878 Providence Church Rd||7/4/2020||9:30 PM|
|Bryson City – Swain County||900 Lemons Branch||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|New Bern||1309 Country Club Road||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Wake Forest||Wakefield High School||7/3/2020||9:15 PM|
|Watauga County||Hound Ears||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|River Run Country Club||19125 River Falls Drive, Davidson||7/18/2020||9:15 PM|
|Pine Lake Country Club||2500 Lebanon Road, Charlotte||7/4/2020||9:15 PM|
|Oak Island||Oak Island Pier, 705 Ocean Drive||7/1/2020||9:00 PM|
|Ashe County||368 Ray Hill Dr., West Jefferson||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Mars Hill||Town Park, Park Drive||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Cleveland||9046 Cleveland Road||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Kenly||923 Johnston Parkway Road||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Sanford||Carolina Lakes||7/3/2020||9:15 PM|
|Alpha and Omega Corn Maze||1129 Cheek Rd, Hamptonville||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Figure 8 Yacht Club||18 Bridge Rd, Wilmington||7/4/2020||9:30 PM|
|Oak Island Pier||705 Ocean Drive Oak Island||7/1/2020||9:30 PM|
|Oakboro VFD||321 W 2nd Street, Oakboro||7/4/2020||11:00 PM|
|Sparta||404 Trojan Avenue||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Camp Cheerio||1430 Camp Cheerio Road||7/3/2020||9:00 PM|
|Clinton||Royal Lane||7/4/2020||9:30 PM|
|City of King||107 White Road||7/4/2020||9:15 PM|
|Lincolnton||Ball field 803 North Aspen Street||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|North Stone Country Club||15801 North Stone Drive, Huntersville||7/3/2020||9:15 PM|
|Reidsville||125 Jaycee Park||7/3/2020||9:30 PM|
|Carmel Country Club||Charlotte||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Daniel Terryberry Farm||Airship Drive, Elizabeth City||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Burlingame POA||Sapphire, NC||7/3/2020||9:00 PM|
|Jacquelyn Rogow||Cedar Mountain, NC||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Camp Illahee||Brevard, NC||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Lake Toxaway Company||Lake Toxaway, NC||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Camp Carolina||Brevard, NC||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Black Horse Run Subdivision||11701 Black Horse Run, Raleigh||7/3/2020||9:00 PM|
|Colerain Boat & Beach Club||152 River Road, Colerain||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Black Horse Run Subdivision||11701 Black Horse Run Raleigh||7/3/2020||9:00 PM|
|Wood Valley Swim & Raquet||10316 Boxelder Dr||7/4/2020||9:00 PM|
|Town of Holly Springs||2401 Grigsby Ave||7/5/2020||9:00 PM|