LUMBERTON — Two weeks have passed since the postponement of Lumberton’s Family Fourth celebration, and the fate of the annual fireworks display is still up in the air.
But even if the sparks don’t fly, the city will still have to pay the bill.
Officials are expected to set a new date for the fireworks during the city’s Council Policy Committee meeting on Aug. 6, according to Director of Recreation Tim Taylor.
The event, which was originally scheduled to take place on July 3 at Lumberton Senior High School, would have featured an elaborate fireworks show curated by Pennsylvania pyrotechnics company Zambelli Fireworks. It was postponed because of bad weather brought by Hurricane Arthur.
The city is entered in an annual contract with Zambelli and, according to Mayor Raymond Pennington, the $15,600 earmarked for the fireworks display must be paid to the company before the end of the year..
“We have to pay for them anyway,” he said.
Other festivities scheduled for the Family Fourth celebration included an invocation by Donnie Paschall of Vertical Church; a rendition of the national anthem by Will Britt and Laura Morgan; a presentation of the American flag by the Robeson County Fireman’s Association Honor Guard; and a parachute jump by the All Veteran Parachute Team.
It is unknown if the city plans to reschedule the entire slate of events, though Pennington said he was in favor of holding the fireworks at a later date.
“I think it would be good to have a fireworks show,” he said. “Even if it’s past Independence Day, I think people will still enjoy it.”