On Tuesday, May 25, Highland City Council approved Immanuel Baptist Church’s special event permit for its Independence Day fireworks show, advancing the return of the city’s Fourth of July celebration after the coronavirus-related cancellations of 2020.

The city's Fourth of July celebration will begin with the annual parade, approved by city council on April 27. Both the parade and the fireworks show were canceled in 2020, due to state-mandated prohibitions on public gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

The free fireworks event is expected to draw approximately 5,000 people to the church campus, 28355 Base Line, for a 20-minute professional fireworks show presented by Pyro Spectaculars. The outdoor event will also include food and drink vendors.

Residents throughout the city are also invited to watch the show from their neighborhoods.

The event will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, with the fireworks show beginning at 9 p.m.

In approving the application, the city again agreed to serve as co-sponsors of the event, waiving police and public works traffic control fees amounting to $9,617.28. The church will pay a $142.30 fire marshal fee.

The event costs a total of approximately $45,000, which is primarily paid by the church’s congregation, as a community service.

The city council also reminded residents that use of fireworks is illegal within the city, and subject to fines.

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