Terre Haute Parks Department prepares for annual fireworks display


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– The Terre Haute Parks Department has been making plans for the annual 4th of July celebration in Fairbanks Park since earlier this year.

Eddie Bird, Terre Haute Parks Superintendent, said the status of this year’s show was unknown.

“Over the colder time of the winter is when we plan and get ready for all of our events and when this happened. Nobody knew for sure what we were going to do,” he said.

Indiana entered Stage 4.5 of the Back on Track Indiana Plan, which allows fairs and festival like events to take place with restrictions.

Bird said this year’s display will look slightly different and there won’t be live music like in year’s past.

“We’re just asking everyone to social distance. You know that’s something that’s probably going to be ongoing for a while,” he said.

Food vendors and Terre Haute law enforcement will be stationed throughout the park.

Bird said the park department staff plans to increase their sanitary procedures as well.

“Normally we have quite a few people in the park, especially for 4th of July on a weekend. We’re not sure if we’re going to have a lot of people this year or if people will stay away. We just don’t know.But we’re prepared to do that and clean the bathrooms as many times as we can during the evening,” he said.

He said he’s happy they’re able to host this year’s display.

“The ones that have been couped up for so long. It’ll give them a chance to get out and be safe because they’re outdoors and it’ll just give them something to do,” Bird said.

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