At the Scottsboro City Council meeting Monday evening, Goose Pond General Manager Lyle Sosebee announced the annual Fourth of July Celebration will take place in 2020.
The tradition continues with an evening of family fun and North Alabama’s largest free fireworks display. The fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at 9:00 pm, held at the Goose Pond Colony Resort, located on 417 Ed Hembree Drive-Scottsboro, Ala. 25769.
Admission to the event is free, and food and drinks will be available for purchase from a variety of vendors at the event. No outside alcoholic beverages will be allowed to be transported from outside of Goose Pond Colony. Beer will be available for purchase at the Amphitheater and at The Bait & Tackle Shop. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to the celebration.
It is Goose Pond’s priority that everyone that attends this event does so in a safe manner. There will be several changes to the show this year to address social distancing protocols due to the Covid-19 virus.
Sosebee said if anyone feels sick or has had a temperature in the weeks prior to the 4th of July, he asks them to not attend this event.
All spectators are asked to bring a mask and to use it if they cannot keep at least 6’ of space between you and a non-family member. As always, one of the prime locations to watch the show is from a boat on the lake. In a boat, Social Distancing can easily be achieved, and it is recommended to only have one family unit in each boat. It is also recommended that each boat, due to the challenges of social distancing, maintain a minimum of 6’ between boats.
Goose Pond will not be hosting a concert that the amphitheater and will limit the number of spectators in this area. As soon as the show is over, all spectators are asked to return to their overnight accommodations.
The past several years has seen many improvements to the show. Sosebee said the largest crowd-pleasing highlight has been larger and more fireworks. This has been achieved by moving the fireworks from the shore to the floating docks and shooting the fireworks from the water.
Not only has this improved safety but has greatly increased the area from which the fireworks can be easily viewed and will increase the opportunities to practice social distancing.
Goose Pond has also expanded parking, and now has close to 1,500 parking spaces throughout the complex. This will allow guests to watch the show from their cars, and to park closer to the best viewing locations for the fireworks show.
The VFW, American Legion, and Veterans Memorial Park of Jackson County Board will have a fundraising booth at the 4th of July festivities. Patrons will have a number of donation options to support both organizations. People may buy chances from the VFW for drawing for a 14” Mossberg S-90 Shockwave 12-Gauge Shotgun for $5.00 per ticket that will be given away once 1,000 tickets are sold.
In addition, The Veterans Memorial Park Board will be at the booth and can assist anyone in purchasing park benches and/or pavers. People may also make a cash donation to help complete the Jackson County Memorial Park. If anyone can, please support our veterans by visiting their booth, and learn more about what veteran organizations do to serve other veterans.
If interested in joining the VFW, American Legion, and Veterans Memorial Park Board, stop by the booth for more information.
“What better way to celebrate our freedom than to spend time with our family and our spectacular fireworks show - all on the beautiful banks of the Tennessee River at Goose Pond Colony Resort,” said Lyle Sosebee, general manager of Goose Pond Colony Resort. “We appreciate the City of Scottsboro, WKEA 98.3m The Docks Restaurants, Alabama Marine Police, Scottsboro Police Department, Scottsboro Fire Department, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department for their tremendous help in making this event happen.”
For more information about Goose Pond Colony Resort, visit www.goosepond.org, and Goose Pond Colony’s Facebook page.