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Socially distanced Fourth of July in Charles City

  • Spectators were spread out on grassy areas, in parking lots and along roads in the southern part of Charles City on Saturday night as a fireworks show was shot off from the Avenue of the Saints Development Park area. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Main Street drug took first place in the business category of the July 4 decorating contest. Charles City Chamber of Commerce photo

  • The home of Laura Wallace, at 405 Blunt Street, took first place in the residential July 4 decorating contest. Charles City Chamber of Commerce photo

  • Decorated vehicles were part of the drive-by parade on July 4th that took the place of the usual parade down Main Street. Vehicles drove by decorated homes and businesses, and were encouraged to drive by residential centers in the city and wave at residents. Charles City Chamber of Commerce photo

  • Members of PAWS Humane Society are part of the 2020 Spirit of Charles City Drive that offered decorated displays downtown and around the community for people to drive by. Some were staffed and some even gave away items. Charles City Chamber of Commerce photo

  • This display at Central Park Dentistry was part of the 2020 Spirit of Charles City Drive that offered decorated displays downtown and around the community for people to drive by. Some were staffed and some even gave away items. Charles City Chamber of Commerce photo

  • The Avenue of Flags, put up by the Lions Club, crisscrosses and surrounds Central Park. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • The annual Kids Day Parade also turned into a drive-through event, with emergency vehicles, bubbles, music and more, eventually ending with goody bags for kids in the cars, sponsored by McDonald’s and First Citizens Bank. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • The annual Kids Day Parade also turned into a drive-through event, with emergency vehicles, bubbles, music and more, eventually ending with goody bags for kids in the cars, sponsored by McDonald’s and First Citizens Bank. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Spectators were spread out on grassy areas, in parking lots and along roads in the southern part of Charles City on Saturday night as a fireworks show was shot off from the Avenue of the Saints Development Park area. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Spectators were spread out on grassy areas, in parking lots and along roads in the southern part of Charles City on Saturday night as a fireworks show was shot off from the Avenue of the Saints Development Park area. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Spectators were spread out on grassy areas, in parking lots and along roads in the southern part of Charles City on Saturday night as a fireworks show was shot off from the Avenue of the Saints Development Park area. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Spectators were spread out on grassy areas, in parking lots and along roads in the southern part of Charles City on Saturday night as a fireworks show was shot off from the Avenue of the Saints Development Park area. Press photo by Bob Steenson

By Bob Steenson, bsteenson@charlescitypress.com

Spectators were spread out on grassy areas, in parking lots and along roads in the southern part of Charles City on Saturday night as a fireworks show was shot off from the Avenue of the Saints Development Park area.

This year’s Independence Day fireworks show at the usual location near the courthouse and Main Street bridge was canceled because of COVID-19 social distancing concerns, and a reluctance to ask businesses that had been impacted by the coronavirus for donations.

It was rescheduled after Soifer Family McDonald’s stepped forward to cover the $12,000 cost of the display and the south city location was arranged.

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