SPOONER, WI -- The City of Spooner’s 4th of July Fireworks show, scheduled for July 4, 2020, “is a go”, says Spooner Fire Chief Darren Vik.
Chief Vik tells DrydenWire.com that the show will once again be located between the Spooner High School and Spooner Elementary School. The Spooner Area School District has allowed the City to utilize the school property as a site for the fireworks show for several years.
“The site allows people to spread around the area using traditional watching techniques of sitting in backs of trucks, on car hoods, lawn chairs, and the good old blanket on the ground,” said Vik. Due to COVID-19, the Fire Chief is asking all attendees to be responsible and courteous to fellow watchers around them and use social distancing.
The fireworks show is ordered in the spring, and Fire Chief Vik and Mayor Cuskey agreed this year that due to many events being canceled over concerns about COVID-19, the "Spooner fireworks show could be one of the few activities that people could attend and feel some normalcy."
In late May, the Rice Lake Tourism Commission announced the cancelation of the Rice Lake fireworks show.
In early June, the Shell Lake City Council made the decision to cancel the Shell Lake fireworks show.
Chief Vik says that the fireworks show could be canceled -- if need be -- up to just a few days prior to the scheduled event due to COVID-19 concerns, but does not see that likely at this point. “At this time we do not see any rise in COVID numbers or State orders that would cause us to cancel the show, but it is still a possibility,” said Vik. In the unlikely event this happened, the fireworks would then be held over for next year.
The fireworks for the show are paid for and provided by the City of Spooner and are fired by Spooner Firefighters.
The show is fired from a hill located between the Spooner High School on County Road A, and the Spooner Elementary School on County Road K.
Note: Due to social distancing, the Fire Department Auxiliary will not be selling root beer floats.