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Many switching up Independence Day traditions in Charlotte County to prioritize safety

The annual fireworks at Laishley Park — shot down. The freedom swim in Charlotte Harbor — sinks.

People in Charlotte County are preparing for a nontraditional Independence Day.

“With this coronavirus thing going on, everything is pretty much going crazy,” said Carlos Roman of Charlotte County.

Instead of dropping cash at the bar, Roman is dropping some money on fireworks, now that they’re legal in Florida on July 4.

“Just trying to stay safe and blow something up,” he said, laughing.

Some people in Charlotte County are traveling up to North Port High School drive-in fireworks. Parking passes are sold out, so you’ll have to carpool with a friend if they have one. Attendees will be invited to park in the lots at North Port High School, Heron Creek Middle School and at Butler Park.

“I think everybody has been in their house quarantining. I think they’re ready to come out and have a little bit of fun,” said Dean Jackson with Fire Power Fireworks.

If firecrackers aren’t your thing, families can spend the afternoon at the Military Heritage Museum, taking part in virtual reality exhibits and interactive activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Or you can dance along to live entertainment at Fishermen’s Village starting at noon.

Many are switching up their traditions to prioritize safety.

“Staying pretty much home and kind of keep safe,” Roman said.

The City of Punta Gorda did not issue a permit to the organizers of Laishley Park’s annual fireworks show. Only large-scale, professional shows need permits. You don’t need one to shoot off fireworks at your home in the city or Charlotte County.

Reporter:Erika Jackson
Writer:Briana Harvath
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