Yorktown fireworks are back on schedule
Yorktown’s 4th of July fireworks celebration is back on schedule.
County officials announced late last week that they have reconsidered their earlier decision not to support an Independence Day celebration.
York County public information officer Christie Powell said that county staff had discussed various alternatives since the National Park Service notified York County recently that it would not allow fireworks to be shot from Colonial National Historical Park or its fields used for parking in conjunction with the county’s July 4 festivities. But after a series of discussions between Park Service and York officials, the Park Service agreed to issue a special use permit to the county so the celebration can still be held, Powell said.
After revisiting its new risk assessment safety plan, CNHP public information officer James Perry said Tuesday, that Park Service officials realized that they could still cooperate with York County and modify use of the federal land.
For example, Perry said that parking on the CNHP battlefield lots will be limited more than in the past. He said certain lots will be reserved for visitors coming to the Yorktown Visitor Center and nearby battlefields, while other large, grassy fields will be used to handle many of the motor vehicles that will bring the crowds expected to gather later in the afternoon and into the evening prior to the shooting of fireworks.