Fireworks a no-go in some shore towns this year

By KYW Newsradio 1060

UPDATED: June 30, 7:40 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Normally on July 4, you can head to just about any shore point to watch fireworks. But not this year.

A handful of shore towns have already pulled the plug on Fourth of July fireworks, including Ocean City and Sea Isle City.

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian said, "With the enormous influx of people we've seen over the past few weeks, with the governor still prohibiting mass gatherings and dense crowds, we do not believe it would be responsible to continue with these popular events."

The town also canceled the annual Night in Venice boat parade scheduled for later in July.

"The most important service we can provide is public safety, and with large crowds these activities attract, it is simply not reasonable to expect that we can let them take place and practice social distancing at the same time," said Sea Isle City Mayor Lenny Desiderio.

All July 4 weekend activities are canceled in Sea Isle City, as are the Saturday night concerts, family fun nights, and the baby parade. Stone Harbor isn't having a fireworks show this year either. 

Wildwood changed course on June 30 and decided to cancel its show “in the interest of public safety.” The city had planned to move the show to the widest part of the town, behind the Wildwood sign.

Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron said the postponement of indoor dining in New Jersey shows not everyone is following safety rules, which led to this decision.

“Our concern was that if (Murphy) saw that Wildwood was having fireworks when some of the other municipalities have already gone ahead and canceled, that it might not be a positive sign and we’re not looking for negative signs or to go backwards, we’re looking to do everything we can to move forward,” Byron said.

He said with no fireworks in most other shore towns, they were also worried more people than normal would show up to Wildwood for the show, which can’t happen right now.