On Saturday, July 4, people throughout the nation will pause to celebrate this country’s independence. While many official observances have been canceled because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Bay Minette (July 3), Robertsdale and Summerdale are still planning to move forward with fireworks displays.
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress completed and signed the Declaration of Independence, after voting on July 2 to declare that “the 13 American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free and independence states.” (Wikipedia.org)
In 1870, the U.S. Congress voted to give all federal employees an unpaid holiday on July 4. Congress would later change Independence Day to a paid holiday in 1938.
Because the actual holiday falls on a Saturday, municipal offices in all local municipalities will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
The city of Bay Minette will host its annual fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 3 at the Bay Minette Sports Complex, 1310 W. 13th St. Garbage services for residents who have their garbage picked up on Friday will move to Wednesday, July 1.
The city of Robertsdale will its annual fireworks display on Saturday, July 4.
“We are going to proceed as normal, except that we are asking all residents to practice social distancing,” said Mayor Charles Murphy. “We want everyone to have a good time and I really feel that a lot of people will choose to observe the fireworks from where they are rather than come to the park.”
The annual fireworks display will be held at dark on Saturday, July 4 at Garrett Park. Fireworks could start as early as 8:45 p.m., Murphy said, but will likely start around 9.
All city offices will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Friday’s garbage route will be picked up on Thursday, July 2.
The town of Summerdale will host its annual fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 at Pioneer Park on West First Street.
All municipal offices in Summerdale, Loxley and Silverhill will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.
Garbage pickup in Silverhill, which is normally every Friday, will be moved to Monday, July 6. Both Summerdale and Loxley do not have garbage pickup on Friday and no other regular services will be affected.