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July 8, 2020

6/3/2020 2:21:00 PM
Traditional July 4th activities to move to Labor Day weekend

Local residents will need to find another way to celebrate our nation's 244th birthday, thanks to COVID-19.

That's because there will be neither fireworks at the city park nor the annual fireman's pancake breakfast this year.

According to Park Director Chad Speer, North Vernon Mayor Mike Ochs requested the fireworks be postponed until the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.

"The main reason is that there are a lot of unknowns," said Speer, and "so much uncertainty about things."

There was also the matter of the city's chief executive making the request. "Out of respect for the mayor," the park board agreed to Ochs' request.

The board had "held off" signing an agreement with their usual July 4th fireworks vendor, Pyrotechnic Display, continued Speer. That move apparently was wise, as the park spends anywhere from $7500 to $10,000 for the fireworks show.

The annual North Vernon/Center Township Fire Department's Pancake Breakfast has also been cancelled.

According to Chief Mike Cole, it's a good bet the department will reschedule the breakfast the morning of the fireworks display.

Money raised during the breakfast is used to purchase equipment for the firemen.

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