Oak Ridge pushes back fireworks celebration to Sunday

2011 Fourth of July fireworks at World's Fair Park

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Independence Day revelers will have to wait a few more days to see the fireworks in Oak Ridge this year. The city has pushed back its celebration at A.K. Bissell Park to Sunday July 7 at 10:00 p.m., Fire Chief Daryl Kerley announced on Tuesday.

“After consulting with the national weather service and our fireworks contractor Pyro Shows, I have made the decision to re-schedule the event” says Kerley.

He explained that if lightning were to strike within 15 miles of the event, they would have to put the show on hold anyway. With Sunday expected to be a beautiful last day to the long, holiday weekend, city officials hope folks will be able to make it out.

“The community investment is too great for the event to not be spectacular. With the prediction for heavy rain Wednesday and Thursday, it could cause problems setting up and loading the shells; therefore, can result in misfires during the program, along with the community not being able to sit outside and enjoy the display” Kerley adds.

The fireworks will be accompanied with music played live on-site by Merle 96.7 FM.

The Community Band has also re-scheduling their patriotic music concert for 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening at the pavilion. So come and join us for a patriotic celebration with music and fireworks on Sunday July 7th, beginning at 7:30 p.m. as the Community Band performs, then fireworks at 10:00 p.m. Refreshments to help keep the crowd “cool” will be sold by Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lab.

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