Wellington Hopes To Host Drive-In Fireworks Display

Fireworks planned in Wellington.

UPDATE: Fireworks will be set off from both the Mall at Wellington Green and Village Park on Pierson Road. Learn more at www.wellingtonfl.gov/July4th.

The Fourth of July is famous for community gatherings and fireworks displays. However, social distancing rules in the COVID-19 era have put a damper on such mass events.

Wellington and Royal Palm Beach officials have put on their thinking caps to determine what kind of fireworks display, if any, can be presented this year to honor Independence Day.

“The Village of Royal Palm Beach will not have a display this year,” said RPB Mayor Fred Pinto, but he praised Wellington for coming up with an interesting idea.

The interesting idea that Wellington is working on is to shoot off a fireworks display from the village’s civic site near the Mall at Wellington Green Mall. This would allow viewers to park their cars in one of the mall’s many parking lots to view the spectacle much like a drive-in movie.

“There will be no festival, no food trucks and games,” Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes said. “We are looking for two or more spots, preferably on village property or a commercial drive or rooftop, to set off the fireworks display so people can view them from their homes and parked cars. We are looking at ways to have the biggest show available.”

Final details are not yet available, but updates will be provided on the village’s web site at www.wellingtonfl.gov and through social media channels.