Town forgoes Fourth of July Fireworks in 2021

Celebrating the birth of our great nation is a revered activity in Emerald Isle, normally capped with an exceptional fireworks display held on the 4th of July. Unfortunately, the Town of Emerald Isle made a very difficult decision this spring to forego the July 4th fireworks celebration. 
At the time of the decision, strict COVID-19 restrictions were in place and future limitations were unknown. The Town also faced a near $286,000 fiscal deficit, due to unavoidable COVID-19 related expenses. If Town officials engaged in the time-sensitive pyrotechnic contract on April 13, 2021, it was uncertain if the fireworks celebration could even be held.
In order to avoid a loss of $24,000, the Town of Emerald Isle voted to save our taxpayers money. We are thankful that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and greater than 50 percent of the nation is now vaccinated. 
Going forward, the Town Board, staff and Tourism Development Authority are working together on alternative events later in the year. 
We sincerely appreciate the community's understanding and pray that everyone has a joyous and safe July 4th, 2021!

Posted by Anna Smith Sunday, June 13, 2021 11:40:00 AM Categories: News