LUMBERTON — Lumberton’s annual fireworks show will, for the most part, go on as originally scheduled but just a couple of months late.
Tanya Underwood, special events coordinator for the city’s Recreation Department, said the Aug. 30 event will mirror the Family Fourth tradition local residents have come to love, but with a few new twists to celebrate Labor Day and the end of summer.
“It’s definitely something to look forward to. I think it’s going to be gorgeous weather. It’s just a great way to end the summer and start looking forward to school and football and all those great activities,” she said.
Underwood said the rescheduled event will include more games and kids activities than Family Fourth, which was set for July 3 but postponed because of bad weather.
“We’re trying to have some cornhole boards, some bubble wands — more of a summery feel out there,” Underwood said, noting there will also be inflatables and face-painting.
Gates at Lumberton High School’s Brooks Stadium will open for the free event at 6 p.m. Entertainment will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will include the All Veteran Parachute Jump team and a performance by Ethan Hanson, a Fayetteville-based acoustic rock and blues guitarist. The Rev. Dean Carter, Southeastern Health’s chaplain, will give the invocation. The fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m.
The Lumberton High School Marching Band will be selling concessions to raise money to buy new uniforms.
After Family Fourth was delayed, the Lumberton City Council voted not to reschedule the show, citing the cost, and the concern that a lot of people would be out of town during the long holiday weekend. But the council reversed itself in a split vote, with council members in favor citing phone calls from constituents who said they wanted the fireworks show to be held.
The city was obligated by contract to pay the fireworks vendor, Zambelli Fireworks of Pennsylvania, half the cost of the show, $7,800, even if the show was not performed. The cost of the event, with $15,600 going to the vendor, is now expected to surpass $20,000 because of additional costs, including paying police officers overtime.