West Monroe hosts annual Fourth of July fireworks show

show held with modified viewing area, guidances because of COVID-19
Published: Jul. 4, 2020 at 11:38 PM CDT
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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The City of West Monroe hosted its annual Fourth of July firework show downtown Saturday night. Hundreds of people flocked to the downtown area to watch and celebrate.

It’s something that some people say was needed to give everyone something positive to look forward to. “It’s crazy with all this stuff going on, we need a break from everything going around,” one onlooker said.

West Monroe main street director Adrienne LaFrance-Wells says while everyone had their eyes on the fireworks, city officials had theirs set on safety.

“When we made the decision to go ahead with the firework show, we called the governor’s office as well as the state fire marshal’s office, and they gave us the green light to go ahead with all the precautions that we are taking,” LaFrance-Wells said.

Officials set up a viewing area at the corner of Commerce and Wood Streets in downtown West Monroe. Squares were marked off to help people to maintain social distancing between families for people who wanted to leave their vehicles. Masks were also strongly encouraged.

“This will be the tallest show that has ever been shot from downtown,” LaFrance-Wells said. “So the fireworks will be shot up to 400 feet in the air, which means you’ll be able to see it from a two-mile radius from the Endom Bridge.”

LaFrance-Wells says it’s a great tradition to honor a great day in our nation’s history. “This is a wonderful thing to celebrate, and we’re happy to help our community celebrate our nation’s independence.”

“Considering the rain messed up the last one, this one should be good. 10 out of 10,” one watcher said.

Happy Independence Day! Enjoy a virtual view of the Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group Fireworks. We are proud to present this show for our our entire community! 💥✨🇺🇸✨💥 The show is made possible by the City of West Monroe, Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group, Discover Monroe-West Monroe, Vanguard Realty, and KEDM Public Radio.

Posted by Downtown West Monroe on Saturday, July 4, 2020

The show was also shared live for people wanting to enjoy the festivities at home. You can watch it here.

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