Orlando is bringing back fireworks at the fountain this year
ORLANDO, Fla. – After a year without fireworks at the fountain, the city of Orlando is bringing the boom back with the annual show on July 4th at Lake Eola.
The city canceled the fireworks show in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and offered a rerun of the event’s biggest hits in place of the Live 6 event, but the show will continue this year.
News 6 is working with the city to broadcast the spectacular downtown fireworks show, and will continue to do so this year.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the in-person event will continue to take precautions due to the continued spread of the coronavirus. According to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fully vaccinated individuals can go without their masks outdoors if they are comfortable.
“We will social distance ourselves as much as possible around the lake, we will have traders on the way and encourage people who are fully vaccinated to come without a mask. If you’re not fully vaccinated, we encourage you to wear masks, ”Dyer said.
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The mayor said city officials waited for more people to be vaccinated and new safety guidelines before deciding to re-host the event.
“We waited as long as we could to get to the point where we needed to let the salespeople know that we were going or not in terms of the fireworks and everything related to the composition,” said Dyer.
When it came down to it, Dyer said that being able to host another big event like this is a reflection of our community.
“We’re doing a really good job protecting ourselves and our families and their neighbors and doing what’s right about health and science,” said Dyer.
Fireworks at the fountain will once again welcome food and drink sellers and is a family-friendly affair.
This is the seventh year that News 6 Fireworks has aired at the Foundation on News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. Jeff Hoffman, general manager of WKMG-TV News 6, said it was an especially important year giving people the chance to watch the fireworks at home.
“If you tend to get out there after you’ve had your vaccinations, we’d love to have you, and if not, you’ll have a great experience watching it on Channel 6 and all of our digital platforms too,” Hoffman said. “We shot the helicopter and we have different cameras almost everywhere. So you’ll have a lot of fun even if getting back into the crowd isn’t your thing. “
Hoffman said News 6 will take steps to safely broadcast live from Lake Eola.
“Our plan is to work as we have done throughout the pandemic, with adequate social distancing and masking if necessary,” Hoffman said. “We plan to break away from the crowd a little, as is recommended to us. We will follow CDC guidelines. “
News 6 coverage begins at 8 p.m. honoring the heroes of central Florida. The fireworks will be broadcast live on News 6 and ClickOrlando.com at 9:15 p.m. The live coverage with the streaming option “Choose your view” starts at 8:00 pm
“It’s just a great honor for the broadcaster to have it live and in the air again. It’s great fun for everyone here because we really enjoyed attending this event, which is also a day where we honor people who get results. For our community, these are first responders protecting our country ” said Hoffman.
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