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No fireworks is disappointing, but not surprising

The Fourth of July will happen as it does every year, but Independence Day will have to come and go without its usual fanfare in Seminole County at Seminole State Park.  Park officials confirmed Wednesday that a Fourth of July fireworks display will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a lack of funding.

Any hope the special pyrotechnic illuminations salute to the nation’s birthday would remain on track was already in jeopardy before the pandemic because of a lack of funding for the event. The current COVID-19 health crisis was the deciding factor in cancelling the event with officials commenting it wouldn’t be feasible to try to enforce social distancing when so many people are crammed into a small area.

The COVID-19 pandemic has canceled, postponed or altered so many activities, but it has not cancelled all outdoor activities available at the State Park. 28 campsites, 14 cottages, four picnic shelters, one walking trail, the beach and the park’s day-use area are available for use as long as visitors follow current COVID-19 safety guidelines.  Boat rentals are not available and the mini golf course, playground and fishing pier are closed.  

The park’s office is closed to the public and all business is being handled via phone, 229-861-3137  

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