Fort to have fireworks but no public celebration

John Richmeier
Courtesy: Leavenworth County Health Department

Fort Leavenworth will not be hosting a public Independence Day celebration this year because of ongoing concerns about COVID-19. But a fireworks display will still be set off at the fort.

In the past, the fort has hosted a Fourth of July celebration that has been open to the public. The event traditionally ends with a fireworks show.

Because members of the public will not be able to gather on the fort for the show, fireworks will be set off at a different location this year. Jeff Wingo, public affairs officer for the fort’s garrison, said the change in location is designed to make it easier for people who are outside of the military installation to see the fireworks.

The fireworks show will begin at dusk July 4.

In the past the fireworks have been set off in the area of Fort Leavenworth’s Merritt Lake. But this year, the fireworks will be launched from the location where Bell Hall once stood and explode over the Missouri River.

Wingo said the fort also will have its annual Salute to the Union, which features the firing of cannons. But this event will not be open to the public.

“We’re obligated to do the Salute to the Union,” he said.

He said there has been discussion about posting a video of the Salute to the Union on social media but those details are still being worked out.

Lansing officials have announced that city’s two-day Independence Day celebration, which originally was scheduled to begin Friday, has been rescheduled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is now scheduled for Sept. 4-5.

On Wednesday, the Leavenworth County Health Department reported five additional cases of COVID-19 in the county. This was the first update from the Health Department since Monday afternoon.

Four of the new cases are what Health Department officials refer to as community cases. And the other new case involves an inmate at the Lansing Correctional Facility.

To date, there have been 1,137 confirmed coronavirus cases in Leavenworth County. This total includes 840 cases involving LCF inmates and 67 cases involving inmates and staff at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth.

Of the remaining 230 community cases, 22 are considered active at this time. Three of the LCF inmate cases are active. None of the cases reported at the Grossman Center are active.

The Leavenworth County Health Department now releases COVID-19 updates three times per week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, instead of a daily basis.

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