31st Annual July 4th Family Fireworks Extravaganza presented by Continental cancelled
Following consultation with department heads, state leaders and other municipalities, Mayor Phil Fisher has made the very difficult decision to cancel the Family Fireworks Extravaganza scheduled for July 4 at Traceway Park.
Due to the anticipated attendance of over 5,000 attendees to this annual event in Traceway Park, it would be very challenging to implement and enforce any type of social distancing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
As with any large-scale event, there are logistical deadlines that need to be met in order to have a successful event including the ordering of fireworks, equipment needs, vendors, sponsors and more. Also, for the safety of attendees and staff, a decision on how to move forward with the event had to be made. All of these needs were taken in to account when making this very difficult decision.
“Public Safety is our main concern and while this was a tough decision, we are disappointed that this popular annual event can’t go on, we felt that this was the most responsible decision when it comes to protecting our community and our staff,” said Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher. “We hope to host another event in the fall that will bring together our community and the scheduled acts, once our state can move safely past the concerns regarding COVID-19.”
This year’s event was to feature two Clinton natives, Eddie Cotton and Jarekus Singleton. Both performers are well known across the country for their hard hitting, deep driving blues lyrics and tunes. Scheduled to produce the show was Clinton based Vault Entertainment. Both the production company and the artists remain under contract for an event once the COVID-19 concerns subside.
Clinton Police have announced instructions for arriving, parking and departing Traceway Park for the 30th Annual Family Fireworks Extravaganza presented by Continental. Parking will open at 4 p.m. in parking lots accessible by Soccer Row and Baseball Alley.
Residents will want to make plans to arrive early and grab a spot for headline performer Bishop Gunn of Natchez and opening act Hannah Belle.
Traceway’s Baseball Alley will be open at 4 p.m. for those desiring to tailgate before the event in that section of the park.
Once the Soccer Row intersection with Cynthia Road has been closed, those arriving from Arrow Drive will be asked to make a left turn on Cynthia Road to turn around and proceed back down Arrow Drive to park at one of the schools along Arrow Drive. Additional overflow parking will be available at the softball/baseball fields of Traceway Park for those arriving from Northside Drive.
No parking will be allowed on the shoulders of Northside Drive, Cynthia Road or Arrow Drive. Violations could result in ticketing or towing. Turner the Train will be on site moving guests from parking lots to the main event areas.
Parking in the Cascades subdivision will be restricted to residents and their guests. Parking on right of ways and common areas of Cascades is not permitted and could result in ticketing. Cascades, Brookside Gardens, and Twin Lakes homeowners will be provided parking passes that will be good only on the Fourth of July. The entrance to Cascades at Cascades Circle West will have an officer stationed there to direct traffic. Barricades will be placed at Waterfall Way, Twin Lakes and Cascades Circle East,
Following the event, those exiting overflow parking on Cynthia Road and Baseball Alley will be directed toward Northside Drive. Those exiting Soccer Row will have the option of heading west on Arrow Drive or turning east (right) on Cynthia Road. No left turns onto Cynthia Road will be allowed from Soccer Row.
While entrance to the event is free, parking for the event at all locations is $10 per vehicle.
Event gates will open at 4 p.m., with introductions and entertainment set to begin at 5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a tent and chairs to enjoy the celebration.
For more information, visit www.clintonms.org/July4