With Fourth of July events canceled, the firework industry struggles


Burlington’s annual Third of July Celebrations have been canceled. Tom Swenson is the owner of Northstar Fireworks. Northstar Fireworks usually puts on the giant fireworks show that typically happens on the Third of July at the Burlington Waterfront.

Swenson said the show typically brings around 40,000 people to the area. As the pandemic started he saw no possible way to have a fireworks show of this capacity while being able to follow social distancing guidelines.

A Northstar crew of over 12 helps set of the fireworks on the third. Swenson said he currently has two people working, including himself.

Northstar Fireworks have been finding alternative ways to still hold fireworks shows. They have been doing fireworks for socially distanced events including graduations that take place at large areas like Drive-ins.

“Fireworks are made to bring people together,” said Swenson. “So, when you’re in a business that is the whole point of your business is to promote social gathering and everyones saying you can’t social gather, i mean it kind makes me feel well whats the point here.”

You can also enjoy the sky light up from the comfort of your home! Local 22/44 is airing last year’s fireworks spectacular. Catch it at 7:30pm on WVNY and at 10:30pm on WFFF.

Mayor Weinberger said with a celebration this big, there would be no way to follow public health guidelines. He told Local 22/44 that he sees this as a call to action to do what needs to be done to in order to keep the virus contained.

However, instead of the celebrations, Burlington officials are encouraging everyone in the town to celebrate by making some sort of noise at 7:30 tonight as a way to connect

 Mayor Weinberger said as painful as the decision was, the holiday weekend should be used as a time to reflect.

” We are in a precarious moment here we are facing a challenge unlike anything we have seen in generations. I do encourage people to reflect on what America is supposed to be about and reflect on the fact that now even 200 years since the founding of this country we have not fully made good on those ideals,” said Weinberger.

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