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Vienna’s Fourth of July celebration won’t be on July 4

Signs on Maple Avenue advertising Vienna’s 2021 Fourth of July celebration (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

The Town of Vienna’s Independence Day celebration will arrive a little early this year.

A staff shortage at the company that provides fireworks for the annual Fourth of July festivities led Vienna to reschedule the event for July 1 to avoid having to cancel it altogether, the town announced late Friday (June 3).

“As much as we were looking forward to celebrating on the 4th of July, the company that provides the fireworks show explained that a shortage of licensed pyrotechnic staff made it impossible to meet the demand for that day, and the company had to cancel multiple contracts, including ours,” Vienna Parks and Recreation Director Leslie Herman said in the news release. “Rather than cancel the event altogether, we worked with the company to find an alternate date, and fortunately the U.S. Navy Concert Band was able to reschedule, too.”

The celebration will take place at Yeonas Park (1319 Ross Drive) as usual, with live music starting at 8 p.m. and a 20-minute fireworks display kicking off at 9:30 p.m. from Southside Park (1317 Ross Drive SW).

The Vienna Little League will open its concession stand, and the town encourages attendees to bring blankets and lawn chairs, though the latter won’t be allowed on the baseball fields. Alcohol, glass containers, sparklers, and dogs will be prohibited.

Parking will be available at Thoreau Middle School and Cedar Park Shopping Center, with spaces for people with disabilities on Patrick Street and Patrick Circle, according to the town’s website.

There will be closures on Patrick and George streets as well as Ross Drive from 7 to 11 p.m.

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