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Health officials recommend watching fireworks from car

The Fourth of July is a time for family, grilling out and fireworks.

This year, the fireworks displays will be scarce.

Roger Coffman, Washington County Health commissioner, said he hasn’t had conversations with anyone about fireworks this year.

“We can give them instructions,” he said. “We are recommending people watch them from their cars.”

Kurt Bohlen, Washington County Fair Board president, said the fireworks that are usually held at the fairgrounds are canceled for this year.

Brad Webb, past commander of the American Legion Post 389 in Beverly, said they not only will hold their fireworks display on Saturday, the budget was doubled.

“What we’ll do this year, the Fraternal Order of Eagles (Aerie 3665) and the American Legion went together to be the main sponsors of the fireworks,” he said. “The Eagles put the most money into it.”

He said the budget was increased from $5,000 to $10,000.

“For the simple fact that nobody’s been able to get out and do anything,” he added.

Along with the Eagles, several other businesses, individuals and organizations made donations to help fund the fireworks.

The fireworks start after 9 p.m., whenever it gets dark.

“A lot of people are going to park all over Beverly and Waterford for this,” Webb explained. “They can park at the high school and watch from their cars.”

The fireworks will be set off from the football practice field behind Fort Frye High School. Concessions such as snow cones and cotton candy will be sold.

“There’s a lot of areas that are not having fireworks this year,” Webb said. “We were like, ‘well, we’re having ours.'”

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