Fourth of July fireworks a go in Middlebsoro

Published 1:07 am Friday, June 21, 2019

Fireworks are not cancelled for the Fourth of July in the City of Middlesboro.

“We are a go,” Street Department Superintendent Kevin Barnett said Tuesday night at the Middlesboro City Council Meeting.

Councilman Bo Green stated that many people in the community have asked if the fireworks celebration is cancelled, and it is confirmed that the fireworks for this year will still be held.

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“We’ll do it at dusk when it gets pretty good and dark because we don’t know exactly when that will be,” Barnett said.

The street department will begin preparations next week to set up the location where the fireworks will be shot from.

“They have to have license to set them off, and we’ve got them in place,” Barnett said. “We are a go.”

Mayor Rick Nelson said if there happens to be bad weather on that day that they will hold fireworks on July 6 in conjunction with the inaugural veterans event.

“If there is any bad weather, it would be nice to coincide with the veterans,” Nelson said. “You know that’s kind of the celebration since we are not going to have our celebrations as usual.”

The veterans event will be held in the Middlesboro City Parking Lot and will honor Vietnam Veterans throughout the tri-state area with a parade that is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

At the meeting Tuesday, Bell County Chamber of Commerce Director Sheila Durham encouraged and invited the community to come out and be a part of the event that they expect to become annual.

“We want this to be an annual event,” Durham said. “We would like to recognize a different war or conflict each year.”

Anyone interested in entering a float or a vehicle can call Durham at the Chamber of Commerce at 606-248-1075.