LUMBERTON — Lumberton residents will have to wish America a belated happy birthday.
The city’s annual Family Fourth fireworks display will not be held this weekend. Officials are expected to meet Monday to set a new date for the event, which was originally scheduled to take place Thursday night at Lumberton Senior High School, but was postponed due to inclement weather.
In addition to an elaborate fireworks show curated by Pennsylvania pyrotechnics company Zambelli Fireworks, the event would have featured a performance from The Ole Man and His Music.
Other festivities scheduled included an invocation by Donnie Paschall of Vertical Church; a rendition of the national anthem by Will Britt and Laura Morgan; a presentation of the American flag by the Robeson County Fireman’s Association Honor Guard; and a parachute jump by the All Veteran Parachute Team.
It is unknown if these festivities will also be held on the rescheduled date.
On Friday, The Robesonian asked its readers on Facebook to share their thoughts about the postponement. Some expressed disappointment that the fireworks show had been pushed back.
“Who wants to see fireworks after the fourth?” Jonica Locklear said. “They should be tonight.”
“Why can’t they just do it tonight on the fourth?” Matthew Gray Atkinson said. “It isn’t that hard to move it over one night.”
St. Pauls’ annual fireworks show was scheduled for Friday night, and, weather permitting, Robeson County residents will have a chance to watch the pyrotechnic bombs bursting in air during the Lumbee Fireworks Sky Show on Saturday.
That event marks the end of Lumbee Homecoming — a week-long series of events celebrating the tribe — and is scheduled to take place at 9 p.m. at the Lumbee Regional Development Association Office Complex in Pembroke.