The Sylva Herald

Fireworks will thunder and thrill in Sylva at dark (about 9:30 p.m.) Saturday, July 4. The show from Sunrise Park will be visible throughout downtown and the immediate surrounding areas. The fireworks team will shoot a warning shot about 9:15 p.m. so people can see if their viewing spot is good, Chamber Director Julie Donaldson said. The fireworks will last 17 minutes. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, there will not be any activities at Bridge Park. The show is organized by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

Smoky Mountain News, By Boyd Allsbrook • Contributing writer

The Fireworks on the Green event in Cashiers has been canceled, as have all events associated with Sylva’s fireworks display. Sylva will still launch fireworks at dark, but there will be no formal gathering, food trucks or concert.

Nick Breedlove, director of the Jackson County TDA, is uncertain about how many tourists this year’s July 4 will draw.

“We’ve seen our occupancy hover around 50-percent for the past few weeks, and we may see larger crowds this weekend. It’s difficult to say what effect COVID-19 will have on this weekend’s visitation,” he said, adding one caveat. “We are seeing increased phone calls and inquiries about outdoor activities, so people are looking to getaway to the great outdoors, which is viewed as a safer activity.”