Newark’s Independence Day fireworks show is a go for this year, though the event will be modified due to pandemic concerns, officials announced Wednesday.

The annual fireworks show, which typically draws 40,000 people to the area, had to be canceled in 2020.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer them again,” Deputy Parks and Recreation Director Paula Ennis said. “It’s something that was missed, along with all our other events. We certainly are excited to be back to a regular schedule, and hopefully this is the first step in moving forward to continue to offer other events that we would like to do this fall.”

This year’s show is set for July 2 because the fireworks vendor was already booked up for July 4. The event will be held at the University of Delaware athletic complex as usual, with the fireworks set to begin at dusk.

Due to social distancing concerns, attendees will have to stay in or near their vehicle and will not be permitted to gather in groups in front of Delaware Stadium like in normal years. There will be no entertainment or vendors present at the event.

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