Three fireworks shows to choose from as county celebrates Fourth

Huntington County residents looking for a Fourth of July fireworks show close to home will have their choice of shows in Huntington, Markle and Roanoke. All will occur on the evening of the Fourth of July.
Huntington County residents looking for a Fourth of July fireworks show close to home will have their choice of shows in Huntington, Markle and Roanoke. All will occur on the evening of the Fourth of July. TAB file photo.

While the COVID-19 crisis has caused the cancellation of nearly all the county’s fairs and festivals this summer, those who love a good fireworks show will have three to choose from on the nation’s birthday.

July 4th fireworks displays will happen in Huntington, Roanoke and Markle, all taking place at dusk.

The celebrations include:

• Huntington – The show, presented by the Huntington Fireworks Committee, will be staged again at Huntington North High School, with a new “pyrogram” this year, says Lead Shooter Adam Fisher. He said the group has been working tirelessly since February to get this year’s show underway.

“We’re trying to change things up a little bit this year,” he explains. “We switched to a different ‘brand,’ if you will, so the show will kind of look different and we won’t have the same stuff that we’ve bought in the past. ... It’s going to be a totally different show than what we’ve shot in the past.”

Fisher says that the fireworks will be shot from the high school’s softball field, adding a warning that spectators will not be allowed onto the area in the path of the fireworks’ flight and fallout. Those planning to get a close-up view of the spectacle can park in front of the Hardee’s restaurant or the front yard of the high school, Fisher says.

In case of inclement weather the show will be held on July 5.

• Markle – Markle scrubbed its fledgling 4th of July Block Party this year, but the fireworks show will go on, held at the Markle Fish & Game Club Park at dusk.

• Roanoke – Fireworks in Roanoke have been tentatively set for dusk on the 4th at Roanoke Park. A DJ will be on hand to provide pre-fireworks entertainment, and members of the Roanoke Lions Club will sell food beginning at 7 p.m.
Roanoke town officials ask visitors at the show to practice responsible social distancing.

As a side note, The Town of Warren’s fireworks display has been postponed to Saturday, Aug. 29, at Tower Park.

Also, the annual Old-Fashioned Independence Day celebration and ceremonies held at the Historic Forks of the Wabash Park have been canceled this year.