PEMBROKE — Stormy weather forced the Lumbee Regional Development Association to reschedule its annual Lumbee Homecoming fireworks display, which will now be held in conjunction with a different holiday than July Fourth.
The show was supposed to be held Saturday night, but thunderstorms made the display unsafe.
“In all the years LRDA has been doing the fireworks show and display this is the first weekend ever it had to be cancelled,” LRDA Executive Director James Hardin said in a statement. “The board of directors and staff of LRDA are ever mindful of the public’s safety, including the safety of the staff who were here working for the vendor to set off the explosives under adverse conditions. We give God the credit for keeping us all safe.”
The fireworks show has been tentatively rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 2, at 9 p.m. at LRDA, which is on Prospect Road. A backup date has been set for Sept. 3. The event will include entertainment and food.
Labor Day is Sept. 5.
“The contract with the fireworks vendor this year did not allow for a postponement date between July 2 and July 7, due to July Fourth Independence Day being their busiest fireworks display celebration season across the country,” Hardin said.
Saturday was the final day of the 48th annual Lumbee Homecoming, which regularly draws tens of thousands to Robeson County. Saturday’s events including a 5K sponsored by the Pembroke Kiwanis Club, a parade and a ceremony honoring former Congressman Mike McIntyre.