JACKSON — The fireworks display, along with Independence Day activities, in the City of Jackson, that were slated for July 3, are being canceled this year.
The Jackson Fourth of July Committee said they made the decision to cancel due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, and the fact that fireworks had to be ordered by Friday, May 15.
David Channell, who chairs the committee, told The Courier that the committee will use the donations collected so far, for next year’s 2021 fireworks display, which they hope can be bigger and better.
Channell also explained that the money collected for the fireworks goes into a special separate fund.
“Nobody gets a penny of those donations,” Channell added.
He said the decision to cancel really boiled down to the deadline to order from the firework company being soon (May 15, 2020). Channell said the committee would have had to pay down half now, and the rest later for the firework order.
He said with things always changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee didn’t want to take the change this year.
“I know people are upset, but we had to do what we needed to do,” stated Channell. “We do the fireworks display as a community service.”
In addition to the fireworks display being canceled, the annual Jackson Community Independence Day Parade, Jackson County Freedom Fest 5K Run and Walk, and any events or activities in Jackson’s Manpower Park are all canceled as well.