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Fireworks set for July 4 in McHenry with social distancing guidelines

McHenry will host its annual Independence Day fireworks show this year with social distancing guidelines in place.
McHenry will host its annual Independence Day fireworks show this year with social distancing guidelines in place.

McHenry will host its annual Independence Day fireworks show this year, the city announced Friday.

The show is set for about 9:30 p.m. July 4 and will run for 20 to 25 minutes.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be social distancing limitations, the city said.

Instead of hosting the fireworks at Petersen Park, fireworks will be launched this year from two locations: the area of Knox Park and the Municipal Center, as well as the area of Fox Ridge Park. The city said this is meant to provide the greatest opportunity for people to see the fireworks from their homes.

Neither site will be accessible to the public, whether by vehicular or pedestrian traffic.

"Our goal is to bring this celebration to as many homes in McHenry as possible," the city wrote.

A rain date for the fireworks show is scheduled for July 5.

Earlier this week, Woodstock announced the city would host its annual fireworks show July 4 at Emricson Park.

Woodstock's display will be conducted in a drive-in movie style, with a limited number of cars allowed. Walk-in or pedestrian traffic also will be prohibited.

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