Nags Head Cancels July 4th, 2020 Fireworks
The Nags Head Board of Commissioners voted this week to cancel the town’s annual July 4th Independence Day fireworks display, adhering to social distancing guidelines due to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The board voted 4-1 on Wednesday, May 6, to cancel the 2020 July 4th fireworks display, which traditionally is launched from Nags Head Fishing Pier. Mayor Ben Cahoon cast the one dissenting vote.
The $25,000 cost of the display would have been split between the town and a grant from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.
The official statement from the town says: “With a heavy heart, we have canceled our 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular for 2020 due to concerns for the health and safety of our participants, volunteers, and spectators. We look forward to planning an outstanding event for 2021, so mark your calendars!“
Also at this meeting, the board voted to suspend Nags Head’s curbside recycling service due to budgetary constraints related to the COVID-19 pandemic and continued issues associated with disposal of the recyclables.
UPDATE: The Manteo Board of Commissioners also voted this week to cancel Manteo’s July 4th fireworks display due to social distancing and financial concerns. Kill Devil Hills is expected to discuss the matter at their next Board of Commissioners meeting on May 11.