One of the many events that will not fall victim to the COVID-19 shutdown will be Tarboro’s annual Fourth of July Celebration, although it will be held in a modified format.

The annual fireworks presentation will begin at approximately 9 p.m. on Saturday, although there will be no vendors or entertainment on site in Braswell Park this year.

Town officials said, “Tarboro’s Annual 4th of July Celebration will be held this year as a ‘drive-up’ celebration to comply with state guidelines and to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.”

While noting that vendors and entertainment will not be located in Braswell Park, it was noted that the parking lot will be open for spectators to park and enjoy watching the fireworks.

“We ask that spectators remain in their cars and encourage you to follow the 3 W’s: wear a cloth face covering, wait six-feet apart to avoid close contact and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.”

Tarboro’s approach to holding the annual celebration is unique in that a growing number of communities across the state have made the decision to not hold community fireworks displays, including Elizabeth City, Garner, Emerald Isle, Harrisburg, Duck, Ocracoke, Raleigh, Rocky Mount and Swansboro.

As in year’s past, Zambelli Fireworks of New Castle, Pa., will conduct the show.

According to the town’s permit application submitted to and approved by Edgecombe County, the 25-minute show will feature 1,107 shells, including 660 three-inch shells, 252 four-inch shells, 105 five-inch shells and 90 two-and-a-half-inch finale salutes.