The popular Frackville fireworks display held around Independence Day is being postponed until this September this year.
We have a feeling Frackville’s decision starts a disappointing trend across Schuylkill County because monkey see-monkey do.
Frackville Postpones Independence Day Fireworks Until September
On Monday, the Frackville Area Fireworks Committee announced on social media it decided to postpone the scheduled July 3 display until September 5. Of course, they’re blaming the Chinese virus.
“It’s with great sadness that our committee has decided to postpone this year’s fireworks display,” the committee wrote on Facebook. “We love celebrating the birthday of our nation with you.”
This decision comes more than 45 days prior to July 3.
Then, the committee’s message gets a little weird. Somehow, they believe by having a fireworks celebration as planned on July 3, they’ll either ruin Independence Day forever or that we’ll all die if we watch them.
“After careful consideration regarding the current COVID pandemic, we are taking the necessary precautions so we can continue celebrating Independence Day with our community for years to come,” the committee adds.
How close to others does this committee think people get when they’re watching fireworks?
For starters, most people show up just before a fireworks display starts. Actually, most people find a spot somewhere where the fireworks can be seen. And when they’re over, they go home … if they’re not at home already.
Also, by July 3, Schuylkill County SHOULD at least be in the Yellow phase of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan. That does allow for at least limited gatherings of people.
To quote an overused meme, “If you feel safe enough to cram into Walmart or Lowe’s” … you can take a half-hour to watch a small town’s Independence Day fireworks. But it’s true.
Not a Smart Move
Postponing America’s independence shouldn’t be an option … ever. It kinda feels like we’re letting the virus (and where it came from) win and unnecessarily prolonging our agony.
And this isn’t a very smart move from the Committee’s standpoint.
After all we’ve endured with the draconian Stay at Home orders, the alleged mandate to wear masks in public, etc., this year’s Independence Day could and should be one of the more spirited in recent memory.
A well-organized fundraising campaign could have raised tens of thousands of dollars for the community. By September, that excitement will definitely have calmed down.
But it seems Frackville is buckling to the fear and panic of the pandemic and definitely giving in way too soon.
Monkey See-Monkey Do
Frackville is, as far as we know, the first community in Schuylkill County to postpone its annual fireworks display. The committee up there set a make-up date for September 5. If it rains, the fireworks will be set off on September 12.
But Frackville isn’t the first community in the US to postpone fireworks around the 4th of July.
Pittsburgh recently announced it’s cancelling a major fireworks display there. And they’ve joined other communities across the US making similar decisions. But just because someone else does it, doesn’t make it right.
Like elsewhere, the decision is being met with some sharp critiques.
“It makes no sense,” someone wrote in reply to the committee’s announcement. “People could watch from their homes or even their own vehicle.”
Among the several hundred people who shared the announcement on their own profiles, there were definitely more Sad faces than Thumbs Up reactions.
“Makes zero sense,” another person writes.
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May 19, 2020 at 8:39 am
Weak is right. PEOPLE, GET A GRIP!…there is no good reason, other than lack of money, to do this while blaming this China Virus, in July no less…we live in Frackville, for chrissakes…not Times Square…these people are nuts…they could’ve made a wise and responsible move forward, but chose not to…what a terrible mess.
May 19, 2020 at 1:26 pm
Meanwhile in Port Carbon…”We all know what great fireworks Port Carbon has every year, let’s try to keep this tradition going.
Volunteers are needed to distribute flyers and donation letters for fireworks to all the homes in Port Carbon and Schoentown. Please contact us if you are able to help. Thank you and stay safe.” “Anyone who would like to donate towards the fireworks please send to Port Carbon Citizens Committee at 301 First St, Port Carbon. All donations greatly appreciated.” These are quotes recently posted on the Port Carbon Borough FB page.
May 19, 2020 at 2:50 pm
Thanks! Will be getting its own post very soon … great to hear! (so if another local media site is reading this — and we know you are — here’s your chance to beat The Canary to the punch and copy-paste it real quick).
May 19, 2020 at 7:11 pm
I’ve lived in Frackville all of my life and have never seen such poor management and poor decision making. I know all these people too…just don’t understand what happened…it’s very, very sad.
June 13, 2020 at 9:19 pm
My late father came from there. Love this town, and sorry to hear that they postponed it. Probably dont even have the father and son fishing day at Whipperwill any more. A great town going downhill. I dont live there, but visited it many times in my life. Always consider it a part of me. Still have relatives there.
June 13, 2020 at 10:08 pm
I’ve lived in Frackville all of my life. It’s probably the last of the area towns that haven’t completely succumbed to the filthy, bum, degenerates, of the neighboring towns, but it’s failed in many regards and is a hair away from being broken and bulldozed. Hardly any businesses, blighted properties, crumbling roads, population decline, no industry, all the churches are empty, watched the birth and death of the Schuylkill mall, little to no youth sports, the list goes on and on…sad.