Wake Forest to offer virtual Fireworks Spectacular July 3

Friday, June 26, 2020 - 3:48pm

Due to Governor Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 related executive orders, the Town of Wake Forest is replacing its traditional July 3 Fireworks Spectacular with an alternative virtual celebration. At approximately 9:15 p.m. on Friday July 3, the Town will share on its Facebook page an Independence Day message featuring Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty and the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners before livestreaming the Fireworks Spectacular via Facebook at 9:30 p.m. The entire program will be re-broadcast on WFTV 10 (Spectrum channel 10) throughout July.

“It was especially important for us to provide the fireworks show this year in some form or fashion,” said Mayor Vivian Jones. “Considering all the programs and events that have been canceled due to COVID-19, we wanted to offer a way for our community to celebrate this special holiday.”

The fireworks will light up the sky from the launch site along the Sanford Creek Greenway – near Heritage High School’s Husky Stadium. To prevent large public gatherings, the Heritage High School campus will be closed to vehicle parking and in-person fireworks viewers beginning Friday, July 3, at 3 p.m. Vehicle parking and in-person viewing will also be prohibited along the streets and greenways surrounding the campus. Nearby sections of greenway will be closed throughout the day beginning at 7 a.m. Foundation Drive will also be closed.

Please Note: A few local retailers within walking distance of Heritage High School have hired Wake Forest Police officers to monitor their parking lots and limit parking to business patrons only.

Due to attendance restrictions, residents are encouraged to view the fireworks from the comfort of home on the Town of Wake Forest’s Facebook page, then throughout July on WFTV 10 and the Town’s website at wakeforestnc.gov.

“Although we would prefer to gather in-person with family and friends as we normally do to enjoy the fireworks show, the virtual option will allow us to enjoy the display while helping ensure the health and safety of our community,” added Jones.