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Hendersonville plans fireworks on 4th of July; Asheville stays in cancel mode cels
Wednesday, 01 July 2020 22:29

From Staff Reports 

Responding to coronavirus pandemic safety concerns, Asheville, as well as many other localities in the region and around the United States, has canceled its Independence Day festivities and fireworks and, instead, is presenting a number of performances online.

While the public fireworks display for Asheville has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, the Asheville Downtown Association is planning to host a virtual Independence Day Celebration featuring an online concert series with eight local Asheville area bands. Beginning at 4 p.m, they will be performing at host venues, including Asheville Music Hall, The Grey Eagle, Isis Music Hall and The Orange Peel.

Some area towns are postponing their fireworks displays until later in the year, such as Labor Day weekend, when they are hoping the pandemic is winding down.

In sharp contrast, neighboring and conservative-leaning rival Hendersonville, the third-largest population city in the region after Asheville, will host a fireworks display from 9:30 to 10 p.m. on the Fourth of July. The show may be viewed from downtown or the south side of town near Highways 225 South and 176.

Beth Carden, director of the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, recently told local news media that the field adjacent to the South Grove area is high enough and centrally located where many can watch the fireworks from the comfort of their own neighborhoods.

“We believe in hope and we believe the way the community is laid out, that there is an opportunity for people to view the fireworks without getting too close to each other,” Carden told reporters.

On the the morning of Independence Day, Hendersonville will launch a big red balloon to signify visibility of the fireworks show. “If you can see the ‘big red balloon,’ you can see the fireworks from your location,” an event press release stated. 

The fireworks launch site is off South Grove Street. “In keeping with distancing guidelines, there will not be a Music on Main concert held this year on July 4th,” the release noted. “The fireworks will start at sundown at around 9:30 p.m. Tune into WTZQ AM-1600 & The Q – 95.3 FM for synchronized patriotic music during the fireworks.”

For the Hendersonville show, fireworks viewers are urged to bring lawnchairs and/or blankets to set up for the show.

Besides Hendersonville, the only other localities in the Daily Planet’s Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina newsaper distribution territory featuring fireworks — or live holiday-related festivities — on the Fourth of July are Mars Hill and Sylva.

Mars Hill is planning to ignite a fireworks display at dusk (around 9 p.m.) at Mars Hill Recreation Park. Admission is free.

At Sylva, about 9:45 p.m., a fireworks display will set off and will be viewable from downtown. Earlier, from 7 to 9 p.m., the All in One Party Band will play classic rock and soul hits in the town’s Bridge Park Pavilian. Attendees are urged to bring lawnchairs and/or blankets. Admission is free.

In addition, two area activities — in Landrum, S.C., and Brevard — are being held on July 4, but they include no holiday-related festivities.

In Landrum, just across the state line from Tryon, the weekly Music at the Tracks live concert summer series — running from 7 to 10 p.m. outside at the Landrum Depot -— will feature the Landrum-based Lecretia and Thunder Road.

The band is billed as performing “hard-driving honk-tonk country, with a flavor of Southern rock thrown in for good measure. You’re in for an evening of pure genuine country, tinged with a touch of blues.” Attemdees are urged to bring lawnchairs and/or blankets. Admission is free.

Meanwhile, in Brevard, the classic film “Jurassic Park” will be screened at 9:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Brevard College’s Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium 

The show is part of BMC’s first-time eight-film summer drive-in movie series. The BMC is hosting the series to provide some live entertainment in relatively safe conditions after having to cancel its regular world-renowned summer entertainment series because of pandemic safety concerns.



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