Annual City of Oak Ridge July 4th Celebration canceled

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (June 8, 2020) – The annual City of Oak Ridge July 4th Fireworks Celebration at Alvin K. Bissell Park has been canceled due to several challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The challenges this year are that the traditional Community Band has canceled its performance, surrounding areas have also canceled similar events, and those attending the event will not be able to successfully follow the social distancing requirements set by the state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There is also a risk for larger movement of crowds and traffic because of the various cancellations nearby.

“Due to so many challenges this year, it is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends in a home environment. Enjoy!” Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson said.

The City of Oak Ridge looks forward to holding a fireworks celebration at a later date but that is greatly dependent on the outcome of the ever-changing Coronavirus.

As a reminder, the discharge of fireworks is prohibited in the City of Oak Ridge without a permit.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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