Fireworks display a go at ICW Celebration

Published 5:33 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2017

BELHAVEN — It’s official: the Town of Belhaven will use its untouched Fourth of July fireworks at the upcoming Intracoastal Waterway Celebration.

The Belhaven Board of Aldermen discussed the matter at a special called meeting Friday. Aldermen Steve Carawan, Ricky Credle and Amos Wilson were the only board members present at the meeting, and all voted to use the fireworks display at the ICW Celebration. Aldermen Yvonne DeRuiz and Greg Satterthwaite were absent.

Belhaven originally budgeted $10,000 to purchase more fireworks this year for its milestone, 75th-annual Fourth of July celebration. The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners contributed $5,000, as well.

However, rain forced organizers to call off the fireworks display because setup crews did not have ample time to prepare the display, according to town Manager Woody Jarvis.

The situation left Belhaven residents unsure of when they’d be able to enjoy the show.

Mayor Adam O’Neal conducted an unofficial poll on his Facebook page in July, stating his belief they should be used at the ICW Celebration and asking residents to give their opinion. Of the 175 comments left on his page, most expressed a desire to enjoy the fireworks this fall, instead of next July.

The ICW Celebration is slated for Oct. 14. Plans include a slew of vendors, live music, Roaring ’20s Fashion Show, a hotdog eating contest and the Chowder/Chili Down East seafood- and chili-sampling event. Tickets for Down East went on sale Monday and cost $25.

Belhaven’s largest fireworks display yet will kick off Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. (weather permitting).

For more information about the ICW Celebration, contact a Belhaven Celebrations Committee member, or call the Town office at 252-943-3055.