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Big fireworks shows will go on, but ban not lifted in Volusia County
See fireworks every day through the Fourth
posted Jul 1, 2011 - 9:18:04am
To the delight of July 4 revelers, recent rains have washed out the ban on municipal fireworks shows. Because of the deluge, public pyrotechnics — but not private fireworks — will be allowed for Independence Day.
The shows will go on in DeLand, Lake Helen, DeBary, Deltona, Pierson and Orange City, thanks to the Volusia County fire chief’s June 29 ruling.
The Volusia County fireworks ban still makes it unlawful for individuals and organizations to discharge any type of fireworks without a permit.
“In the last month, Volusia County Fire Services and the Division of Forestry have battled more than 80 brush fires in the county,” County Fire Chief Joseph Pozzo said. “We’re still experiencing drought conditions and need to take precautions to prevent the start of additional fires.”
However, it seems the summer rainy season might be getting under way. The City of DeLand wastewater-treatment plant measured 1.87 inches of rain in the 48 hours between 7 a.m. Monday, June 27, through 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 29.
Thanks to the wet stuff, it will be possible to see fireworks shows in West Volusia every night, from Friday, July 1, through Monday, July 4.
Here are the details:
The Town of Pierson has its first fireworks festival planned.
The Pierson Fourth of July Celebration will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Chipper Jones Stadium, 124 W. Washington Ave.
The event will feature bounce houses, face painting, an obstacle course, and other activities, with fireworks at 9 p.m.
DeBary’s Freedom and Fireworks event will run 4-9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Drive.
There will be games for children, food, music and vendors. “Southwest Volusia’s Most Creative Firework Display” is slated for 9:20 p.m.
Deltona’s seventh annual July Fourth Fireworks Extravaganza will be an early-evening festival at Dewey O. Boster Sports-plex, 1200 Saxon Blvd., featuring food, games and music. The event starts at 6 p.m. Monday, July 4, and fireworks are scheduled for 9:15 p.m.
Orange City spokeswoman Danielle Lung said the Orange City Fireworks and Fun Celebration will take place 4-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Valentine Park, 1511 W. French Ave.
The event will include a pie-eating contest, children’s games, inflatables, rock walls, music and a bungee jump.
The City of Lake Helen has split up its holiday event. The Lake Helen annual carnival in Blake Park will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 2. The festival is one of the most popular in the city, and includes games and contests.
The fireworks event will begin at dusk on Monday, July 4, in Lake Helen, in Royal Park on the shore of Lake Helen lake. Food vendors and music will begin at 6 p.m., and the fireworks display is planned at about 9 p.m.
There are two fireworks shows scheduled in DeLand.
One is a fireworks display that will follow the 7 p.m. DeLand Suns baseball game today, July 1, on Melching Field at Conrad Park.
The other DeLand show will be at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. New York Ave.
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