The city of Vienna announced today that its annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration is postponed due to dangerous drought conditions. No new date has been set.
Vienna follows on the heels of surrounding Southern Illinois communities such as Marion, Carterville, Carbondale and Murphysboro who have all postponed July 4th fireworks displays as well as stepped up warnings and look to impose tougher penalties on persons violating the state’s ban on fireworks.
UPDATED: Goreville Freedom Fest fireworks postponed
The Village of Goreville’s Freedom Fest committee announced Saturday evening that it would join Vienna and other Southern Illinois communities in postponing its fireworks. The committee had met earlier Saturday morning in hopes of finding a way to keep its signature firework show as scheduled and decided to await its final decision until noon Monday. Committee chairman Dusty Lingle later said that the drought conditions are too severe and dangerous to allow the fireworks as planned. Lingle said that all activities up until after the parade will continue as scheduled, only the evening activities will be postponed until Goreville School’s Fall Festival in October.