JAMESTOWN – After weeks of uncertainty, Mayville’s Independence Day fireworks celebration will be taking place this 4th of July.
Rita Jacobson, a longtime Mayville Independence Day Committee member, tells WNYNewsNow her group has been working with local officials over the past month to provide some sort of festivity in the county.
“I think it is a big win for not just for our committee but our whole community,” said Jacobson. “I think people are very anxious to have some sense of normally back; this gives people a little bit of normalcy for the 4th of July. They may not be having their big parade and big huge gatherings, but we can at least still celebrate our country’s independence and freedom.”
Fireworks will take off from the waterfront at Lakeside Park in Mayville at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 4, with the park closed to the public as a “fallout zone” for the fireworks crew.
Jacobson encourages community members looking to watch the show view from other areas around the northern end of the lake.
“We felt that by putting it on the lake it actually opened up the viewing area,” explained Jacobson. “We used to shoot them from quite a ways back from the lakeshore, so the park was the ideal place, but now it is going to open it up more for the whole north end of the lake.”
Jacobson says fireworks will likely be seen by not just those on the lake, but also those on the higher hilltop areas of the northern end of the county.
The Mayville 4th of July Committee is asking those in attendance to adhere to state social distancing guidance and be respectful of one another.
The 4th of July parade was previously canceled due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions.