County prepping for annual fireworks show

A scaled down version of the Fourth of July festivities will take place Saturday at Cherokee Park.

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The show will go on.

Hamblen County and the Terry Law Firm announced a month ago that fireworks will continue this year at the park as COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States and the world.

But, there will be changes.

Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain announced Monday there would be “social distancing circles” painted throughout the grounds to encourage social distancing. He said the circles will be 10 feet wide and will be eight feet apart. He said they are encouraging groups or families to sit inside those circles.

This year, it will be fireworks only with no musical acts. Those who do attend are encouraged to social distance.

The fireworks this year will also be livestreamed on www.citizentribune.com.

The Terry Law Firm, who has sponsored the event the last four years, wanted to make sure the tradition stayed alive and that America’s independence was celebrated.

There will be no non-food vendors at the celebration and the Kids’ Zone will also not be at the Fourth of July party.

Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain said there will be two food vendor trucks on site.

The Morristown-Hamblen Rescue Squad will be in charge of setting off the fireworks as they have in year’s past.

The group traditionally also parks cars and holds a fundraiser. They will do so again this year, Brittain said.

There will also be a second celebration planned this year on Sept. 5 to commemorate the county’s 150th anniversary.

That celebration is planned to include a Journey and Eagles cover band, a smaller amount of fireworks and some of the festivities usually reserved for the Fourth of July celebration.