The town of South Boston is holding its fireworks display on Saturday, July 4, without additional activities or entertainment due to COVID-19 precautions.
Other areas including the town of Scottsburg are moving forward with modified versions of their Fourth of July plans as well.
Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its 10 a.m. Fourth of July parade through the town of Scottsburg, and while they will have barbecue plates to-go following the parade, all additional activities have been canceled.
“We’re hoping people will come to the parade, grab a plate and then head to the fireworks in South Boston later,” said Kelli Douglas, president of the fire department.
They will be selling barbecue plates to-go for $10. Raffle tickers also will be available.
Before COVID-19 struck the area, those with the fire department had already been in discussions about moving forward with the yearly Independence Day tradition.
Bands and vendors were lined up and ready to go, and Douglas said she is thankful for their understanding during this time and hopes they will return next year.
“Hopefully next year we will get back to the way it used to be,” she added.
In the meantime, she is asking families to come out to enjoy the parade, and those wishing to participate will line up at Scottsburg Elementary School.
Those wishing to participate should contact Sarah Allred at 579-6393.
The parade also will be extended past Green Level Road, according to Douglas, allowing more space for those wishing to see the parade.
Social distancing also will be enforced. For more information about Scottsburg’s parade, contact Douglas at 446-3087 or Kandice at 804-720-9452.
Later in the night, a fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m. in downtown South Boston, according to Tamyra Vest, executive director of Destination Downtown South Boston.
The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center parking lot will be blocked off and unavailable to park in, as this area is where they will shoot off the fireworks, she explained.
“Fireworks provide an opportunity to celebrate the Fourth of July while still maintaining healthy practices. We encourage you to enjoy the display from your car, or your front porch if you are able to do so. If you do get out of your car, please practice social distancing, with masks being required, and guests are asked to maintain 6 feet from others. Most importantly, stay home if you are sick,” said Vest.
The parade, music and food festivities have been canceled, she added.
The fireworks also will be streamed live on Destination Downtown South Boston’s Facebook page.
“Enjoy the show and safely enjoy the holiday,” Vest concluded.