UPDATE: After initially announcing the Red, White & Boom July 4th celebration is not taking place in Athens this year, late Thursday the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association said it may be happening.
Here's their release:
The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association initially announced on June 11, 2020 that public safety in the face of COVID-19 outbreaks and the increasing occurrence was to take precedent this year after initial guidelines for fireworks displays outlined not only social distancing guidelines but additional mitigation efforts like contact tracing and limiting capacity – a difficult task for a small organization that would require strict attendance control to a limited number and turning away crowds once capacity was met.
Athens-Limestone Tourism is re-evaluating the Red, White & Boom Fireworks display for July 4th after the public has expressed concerns about the loss of the annual tradition and is seeking permission from the State to go forward and is awaiting a response. If they state does not approve for the 4th of July, the initial plans of moving the fireworks to another holiday later in the year are still a viable possibility unless COVID-19 prevents the display entirely, then it will resume in 2021.
If the Red, White & Boom Firework show does receive the go ahead from the state; as required, the social distancing of six feet between individuals and groups be maintained and for best practice, viewing be done from the vehicle. Additionally, anyone participating in the viewing does so willingly and at their own risk and by attending, agrees to release and hold harmless all organizers and associated event entities of any liability including contracting COVID-19 illness.
The annual Red, White & Boom 4th of July celebration in Athens isn’t happening this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Depending on how the year continues with COVID-19, we may be able to bring the fireworks to another holiday later in 2020. Otherwise, we’ll make plans to have the 4th of July Red, White & Boom display return in 2021,” said Teresa Todd, president of the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association.
Some of the other events cancelled in Limestone County this year include the Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo, the Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO and the City of Athens Relay for Life Bass Tournament.
For more information about events in Athens and Limestone County, click here.