TWIN FALLS — Fourth of July weekend has finally arrived, it's a time for barbeques, outdoor activities, and of course, fireworks. The College Of Southern Idaho will be hosting their annual firework display set for a 10:00 p.m. start and wrap up at around 10:30 p.m.
Like many ongoing events this weekend, COVID is a considerable concern, especially with recent spikes in cases. Twin Falls is encouraging people to abide by safety guidelines, including wearing face-masks, hand hygiene and practicing social distancing.
"If you are going to cluster together, we ask that you be in the same household and that you maintain an appropriate distance," stated Nathan Murray, the economic developer director of Twin Falls.
To ensure residents' safety, Twin Falls has also decided not to allow vendors or those who offer additional activities on the grounds. This is being done to limit transmission and possible exposure amongst members of the public.
Due to the size of the event, people can expect for there to be traffic complications. Murray said, "At the intersection of Blue Lakes and College and Washington and College is where we have our barriers setup that is not allowing entry after a certain time."
While a decently sized crowd is still anticipated, it could also be less than in previous years because of COVID. The reduced crowd number is possible because firework stands in the area have seen an increase in sales compared to other years.
"We are thinking people will stay home, especially the ones that are really worried about catching it. They'll probably just come here, get their firework shows and then go home and stay home for the night and stay away from the big crowds," said firework stand operator, Desiree Romano.
For those who would like to see the fireworks but not necessarily be in a large crowd, there is the option to watch it from their car. It is also heavily encouraged for those who feel sick to remain home.