For the second year in a row, the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show in Charles City will be relocated to the southern edge of town on Sunday, July 4th.
According to a media release, Chamber of Commerce Director Mark Wicks cited construction work at the Floyd County Courthouse as well as roadwork on Highway 18/Brantingham Street as factors prompting the Charles City Public Safety Department to request the fireworks show not be held downtown this year. With traffic currently restricted to two lanes on the Brantingham Bridge and the Main Street Bridge which would be closed for the fireworks shoot, there are concerns about traffic congestion and the ability to get emergency vehicles through if needed.
The fireworks will instead be shot from the same location as it was in 2020 when it was moved as a result of crowd/social distancing concerns during the pandemic. Wicks says,“It was our intention to bring the fireworks back downtown this year to their traditional location, but the Fireworks Committee agreed with the reasoning behind moving it for safety reasons.”
Wicks added that the southside location does allow for slightly larger shells to be used in the show than what is permissible downtown. The shoot will begin at approximately 10 p.m. and take place off of Southgate Drive, which along with 18th Street to the Cedar Valley Transportation Center will be closed off that night.