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Despite COVID-19’s best efforts to cancel our summer, the July 4th holiday is expected to make a bang in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
While social distancing is still just as important as ever, plans to go ahead with area celebrations are in full effect. The outdoors have proven to be a safer environment than indoors, but guidelines should still be followed.
Of course, masks and distancing from large crowds are still two key components to ensure our safety from the virus. And if you’re showing any signs of illness, STAY HOME!
So what’s going on in the MOV, and where can you catch some fireworks?
Well earlier this month, the American Legion Post 15 announced the cancellation of their annual carnival during the 4th of July celebrations in Parkersburg, West Virginia. However, the city of Parkersburg still plans to hold the fireworks display on July 4th from Fort Boreman Park.
While things might be different this year, the new location will allow those in Parkersburg and across the river in Belpre, Ohio to practice social distancing while providing a spectacular view from the hilltop of Fort Boreman.
Roughly 40 mins down Interstate 77, “America’s Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration,” plans to push forward with some changes in place to reflect social distancing guidelines. With the carnival nixed, the celebration will be shortened to two days, starting on Friday, July 3rd.
Parades, drive-in concerts and fireworks are still on the agenda. Sidewalks will be marked to reflect social distancing during the parade. The concert stage will be located on the West Side Plaza on Academy Drive. Spectators will be able to enjoy the concert from the safety of their own vehicles, “drive-in” style.
We hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend celebrating our nation’s independence.
Be cautious. Stay safe. And have fun!
For more details on Independence Day celebrations in the MOV and where to find them, click here.
Happy 4th, everyone!!!
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law