The annual July 4 fireworks display at North Wilkesboro’s Memorial Park won’t be held this year due to public safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, said a spokesman for the Wilkes Law Enforcement Officers Association (WLEOA), which organizes the event.

WLEOA members decided this week that the situation with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, likely won’t have improved enough by early July to allow having thousands of people gather in the Wilkesboros for the fireworks display, said Capt. Jason Delbert, WLEOA president.

Delbert said it also is still unclear if Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19-related restrictions will have been relaxed enough by then to permit that large a crowd to gather.

Cancellation of other July 4 fireworks displays across the state were announced this week. Delbert said this is related to the fact that it’s getting close to deadlines for making commitments with companies that provide fireworks and set them off.

In addition, the Wilkes Firefighters Association voted this week to not have the annual Wilkes County Fire Truck Parade through the Wilkesboros this year. The parade, with fire trucks and other emergency vehicles from local and area fire departments, is always held on the same day as the July 4 fireworks display in Memorial Park.

Fireworks permit deadline

Similarly, Wilkes Fire Marshal Niki Hamby said this week that any organization or individual planning a July 4 fireworks display needs to submit an application to his office for a fireworks permit by June 3 for it to be considered and acted on by the Wilkes County commissioners at their June 16 meeting.

The next county commissioners meeting after June 16 is July 7.

Hamby said he can be reached at his office number at 336-921-7533 for more information about what is required under state law to have a fireworks display. The fire marshal’s office is near the old county landfill off Germantown Road in Moravian Falls..

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