Go Fourth Lewes Postpones July 4th Fireworks
Fireworks Rescheduled for Sept 5 Labor Day Weekend
Lewes, DE— 5/20/20 — The Go Fourth Lewes Fireworks committee has postponed the July 4th 2020 fireworks due to the present Delaware State of Emergency, which mandates social distancing and limits large gatherings. Rather than cancelling the fireworks altogether, Go Fourth will present their fireworks display on the evening of Saturday, September 5 to celebrate Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of Summer. “We are limited on how we start this Summer because of the State of Emergency, but we hope to ring out the Summer of 2020 with a bang! We are determined to give Lewes a community fireworks show this year. We will still have our celebration on the beach and welcome “Locals Summer” instead of celebrating July 4th. The people of Lewes need a celebration and something to look forward to”, said Debra Evalds, Communications Co-Chair at Go Fourth Lewes.
Lewes Was Late to Reschedule their Fireworks
The Go Fourth Lewes committee waited as long as they possibly could to reschedule and hoped to hold fireworks on July 4th. Due to the flexibility of the fireworks provider, Lewes was able to wait longer to make the decision than other local communities. No deposit was lost by postponing, rather than cancelling. The committee closely monitored the Governor’s mandates and communicated with the state. Based on the present information it seems that there will still be restrictions in place for crowds and distancing well into the Summer. Some Lewes residents also communicated concerns to the city about holding a large event, even an outside event, during the current health situation. “We listened to the concerns of our neighbors about bringing large crowds into Lewes at this time,” said Russ Palmer, Chairman, Go Fourth Lewes. “We had to follow the State of Emergency and we also had to consider the safety of our community. This is a way we can respect both while giving a great gift to the people of Lewes.”
Labor Day Fireworks Dependent on Successful Reopening of Delaware
The September 5th date still depends on the successful reopening of Delaware by the end of the Summer. A date late in Summer was chosen to give the best chance that the restrictions on large events would be lifted by Labor Day. Go Fourth is determined to unite Lewes neighbors on the beach for fireworks and have high hopes this event will happen.
Founded in 2017, Go Fourth Lewes is a volunteer committee formed to present a community-funded fireworks show on Lewes Beach on July 4th every year. This year will be the third Go Fourth event. While the committee works in collaboration with the City of Lewes and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, the fireworks are not a city or chamber funded event. All funds are provided by local residents and businesses through private fundraising. Donation information is on our Donate page. This is a true community event, completely dependent on donations, with the motto of “For the People! By the People!” We know that times are difficult. Please help us with a donation, if you are able.