Change of Plans: July 4th celebrations altered
Celebrating the July 4th holiday typically finds most people in the East Brewton and Brewton area gathering at Fort Crawford Park in East Brewton. However, with the cancellation of this year’s events in the city, revelers will have to find alternative ways to celebrate.
East Brewton Mayor Terry Clark announced in early May that all of the festivities tied to the holiday have been cancelled for 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We know it’s bad to have to cancel this event, but we feel it’s something we just have to do for the safety and health of our citizens,” Clark said previously. “We just can’t take a chance of someone getting sick or dying because they went to a big gathering.”
Events for the holiday include activities planned inside the East Brewton Civic center and the adjacent Fort Crawford Park have been cancelled. The annual fireworks display has also been cancelled.
Other cities have followed suit by cancelling similar events with some areas focusing only on fireworks displays.
For those looking for a way to enjoy the holiday culminating with a fireworks show, traveling outside the Brewton area will be necessary.
According to published reports, Wind Creek Casino & Resort will be hosting their annual fireworks show beginning at 9 p.m. The amphitheater will be closed leaving spectators watching from the parking lot of the resort. Wind Creek is located on Hwy. 21 in Atmore near I-65. It is suggested those interested in viewing the show come early to ensure parking space.
Fireworks will also be on tap at OWA in Foley on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:45 p.m. and will be set to patriotic music and can be viewed from anywhere on the property. According to published reports, the park and entertainment venue will be hosting a family-friendly celebration with Rosie the Riveter and Uncle Sam on hand for photos as well as live entertainment by the Boogie Woogie Trio and other performers.
Clark said that prayers are that everyone in the East Brewton and Brewton areas stay safe during the current pandemic and that the outcome will allow for planning bigger and better events in the future.
“We are worried about the people who usually come to the activities,” Clark said. “With a large group of people in a small area inside the civic center, there are just too many chances to be closer to other folks than we need to be. It’s really a shame and it’s not something we’re happy about having to do. But, we certainly don’t want to take any chances on someone being infected.”