Towns of Blacksburg, Christiansburg to hold Fourth of July fireworks shows despite cancellation of other festivities


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Despite the cancellation of the towns’ annual Fourth of July festivities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, officials for Blacksburg and Christiansburg announced Monday that both towns are still organizing fireworks shows for the summer holiday.

According to a joint statement released from the towns on Monday, June 8, “Fireworks provide an opportunity for residents to celebrate the Fourth of July while still maintaining healthy practices.”

Officials encourage residents to enjoy the displays with their families while abiding by social distancing and public health guidelines. In particular, Monday’s news release urges individuals to stay home if sick.

The Town of Blacksburg’s fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m. on July 4 from the Old Blacksburg High School property on Patrick Henry Drive and can be viewed from the Food Lion shopping plaza on the corner of Patrick Henry Drive and North Main Street, according to the news release. However, if it rains, officials say Blacksburg’s fireworks will not be rescheduled.

Meanwhile, the Town of Christiansburg’s fireworks show will reportedly start at approximately 9:15 p.m. on July 4 from a property off Peppers Ferry Road. Officials say the fireworks will be visible from the New River Valley Mall and Walmart parking lots, and residents who travel to these locations for the show are encouraged to stay in or near their vehicles. In the case of inclement weather, the fireworks show will be postponed until July 5, according to officials.

People who can see either fireworks show from their residences are encouraged to stay home.

However, Blacksburg’s annual parade and music festivities have been canceled, along with Christiansburg’s annual downtown festival due to coroanvirus concerns, officials say.

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