As darkness falls over Athens on July 4th the sky will burst with brilliant colors and glisten with sparkling streamers heralding our Nation's victory for independence. This annual fireworks display is nestled in the Athens Football Stadium (100 U.S. Highway 31N in Athens) with rockets aimed skyward for an amazing show visible from surrounding spaces like Athens Park and Recreation Center, Central Church of Christ and other adjacent areas.
The 2020 Red, White & Boom show will be held under COVID-19 guidelines and requires attendees to restrict their viewing from their vehicles to "Drive-In Style" as part of the social distancing practices established by the Center for Disease Control and implemented by Alabama Public Health.
To help prevent and slow the spread of the illness further in the community, organizers ask that attendees continue their normal sanitation guidelines practices used at home and out on errands including - sanitizing interior surfaces of their vehicles and commonly contacted surfaces, frequent hand sanitizing, wear face mask if transiting outside of the vehicle, avoiding contact with non-family members or large groups, staying home if you are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and avoid any behaviors that increase an attendees risk of contracting COVID-19. (Please see the Attendance Release of Liability below as well as tips for protecting the yourself and our community from contracting and spreading COVID-19.)
The show doesn't happen until after dark (8:15PM or later depending on cloud conditions) and organizers ask that you refrain from gathering in groups and remain in your vehicle as you wait for the show. The display is a rain or shine event - so delay to rain is possible.
You can enjoy the music that pairs with the fireworks show by tuning into Outlaw 105.1.
Please note: There will be no activities held at Central Church of Christ this year but they have graciously offered their lot for parking and viewing under social distancing guidelines.
Please plan accordingly, as there will not be any public restrooms available.
Anyone participating in the viewing of the Red, White & Boom Firework display does so willingly and at their own risk and by attending, agrees to release and hold harmless all organizers and associated event entities of any liability including contracting COVID-19 illness.
In attending the event, Red, White & Boom: Drive-In Edition, all attendees agree to willfully adhering and maintaining the State of Alabama guidelines of the social distancing requirement of six feet between individuals and single-household groups and that viewing will be done from inside the vehicle.
We appreciate and value the attendance of our community and visitors to our annual Red, White & Boom Firework Show. Organizers do encourage social distancing, remaining in your vehicle is required, and ask that if you feel ill to not attend for the sake of those who are in attendance and their families to slow or prevent the spread of COVID-19 (also known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 and SARS-CoV-2).
In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. So, think about:
How many people will you interact with?
Interacting with more people raises your risk.
Being in a group with people who aren’t social distancing or wearing cloth face coverings increases your risk.
Engaging with new people (e.g., those who don’t live with you) also raises your risk.
Some people have the virus and don’t have any symptoms, and it is not yet known how often people without symptoms can transmit the virus to others.
Can you keep 6 feet of space between you and others? Will you be outdoors or indoors?
The closer you are to other people who may be infected, the greater your risk of getting sick.
Keeping distance from other people is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions.
Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces where it might be harder to keep people apart and there’s less ventilation.
What’s the length of time that you will be interacting with people?
Spending moretime with people who may be infected increases your risk of becoming infected.
Spending more time with people increases their risk of becoming infected if there is any chance that you may already be infected.
Know how it spreads
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.