By DEUCE NIVEN
Independence day fireworks for Columbus County, hosted by the Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce and postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12.
South Columbus High School will gain play host to the festivities, just after Labor Day this year, said Chamber President Marylou Molina.
Chamber directors recently approved the rescheduled event.
Patriot Day is just the day before so September is also a perfect month regarding patriotic holidays,” a chamber news release said. “It wouldn’t be possible to do this without our sponsors so thank you to each person and business that is sponsoring this event.”
Exactly what the celebration will look like remains unclear. Executive Orders from Gov. Roy Cooper dealing with the pandemic remain in place, leaving chamber leaders “holding onto hope that we will be allowed to let folks inside the gate.”
Planning for refreshment and raffle ticket sales, if gates are closed to the public, may including “going door to door of your vehicles,” the news release said, with that planning still a work in progress.
Fireworks will be visible from the Stallion parking lot, and plans are in place for a radio broadcast of entertainment, a salute to veterans, and recognition of sponsors and first responders even if the public is left at their vehicles for the program.
Entertainment kicks off at 5:30 p.m.
Individual veterans and first responder agencies who wish to be recognized are asked to submit their information to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce, 103D East Fifth Street, Tabor City, NC, 28463.
Fireworks are expected to rise into the sky starting at 8 p.m.
For information on sponsorships, COVID-19 related safety measures, or anything else involving the fireworks celebration, call the chamber at 910-840-0292.
Chamber offices are still operating by appointment only, due to COVID-19 restrictions.