WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The annual fireworks display on the National Mall will take place on July 4 as the United States recovers from the coronavirus pandemic that has prevented large gatherings for more than a year.
The National Park Service said Tuesday that the 17-minute exhibit will launch at 9:09 p.m. EDT (0109 GMT) on the Independence Day holiday, from both sides of the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
It is another sign that the country is returning to more normal times. President Joe Biden has set July 4 as the deadline to vaccinate 70% of American adults against COVID-19, which has killed 600,000 people in the United States.
Masks will be required on all public transportation, the park service said, and people who are not vaccinated should continue to wear masks outdoors in crowded spaces.
“Watching the July 4 fireworks from the National Mall against the backdrop of monuments and memorials is one of the greatest traditions in our nation’s capital,” said Jeff Reinbold, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks.
“This year’s exhibit not only celebrates the 245th anniversary of United States independence, but also marks an important step forward as the city emerges from the pandemic.”
The park service said it would post more details about the event on its website later this month.
Last week, New York City said its annual Macy’s (NYSE 🙂 fireworks display on July 4 will return this summer, after the pandemic prompted officials to opt for a series of smaller shows at 2020 to deter crowds from gathering.
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