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The Champaign Cruisers also posted on Facebook that their Firecracker Car, Truck and Bike Show at Skelley Lumber Co. is canceled.
Even though the other events are canceled, Waldsmith said “We’re still pleased the fireworks are taking place this year.”
On Tuesday, Lt. Gov, Jon Husted said fireworks shows are not prohibited, but large gatherings are limited. For the shows that are still scheduled, Husted asked organizers do so in a safe manner.
Waldsmith told the News-Sun that the gates to get inside the airport grounds will not be open this year.
“If people want to go out to the airport to watch the fireworks they are welcome to, but they will need to basically park their cars off of 68 in a socially distanced, safe manner,” Waldsmith said.
He added, “People will be able to have a good view of the fireworks from the roadside, so I would say there’s really no need to let people inside the airport grounds.”
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The Rotary was able to sponsor the fireworks this year because community supporters underwrote the costs.
“It’s nice when communities can come together. The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is worth celebrating in and of itself,” Waldsmith said. “The community supporters who encouraged Rotary to put it on and underwrote the costs just felt strongly that they wanted the city of Urbana to have fireworks this year.”
The firework show will begin at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 at 1636 N. Main St.
“We just want people to stay safe and be responsible when they are there,” Waldsmith added.