Washington's Independence Day celebration will look a little different this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, instead of the multi-day carnival and entertainment line up leading up to the fireworks on July 4, a single-day event will be held.
"The carnival from Brady's Amusements is actually setting up now," said Washington Parks and Recreation Superintendent Kip Kelley. "Now that may be subject to change based on what Governor Eric Holcomb says Wednesday but as of now, we will have the carnival, food vendors, three bands and then fireworks to conclude the celebration Saturday."
Kelley said Brady Amusements are working to provide a safe environment for all thrill seekers.
"It will be different but we do ask that people practice social distancing, wear a mask if they feel comfortable doing so and wash or sanitize hands," said Kelley who said the amusement group will have sanitizer on site to help extinguish the virus.
Kelley said the carnival will kick off at 1 p.m. and close at 11 p.m.
"Arm bands will be offered again this year and prices will be set later this week," said Kelley, adding those needing refreshments while enjoying the festivities can grab ice cream from Scoops, barbecue from Big Al's or a sandwich from Washington Girls Softball fundraiser booth.
Each of the three bands performing Saturday will be on the bandstand for two hours. The entertainment gets started with A Brave New Wave at 1 p.m. playing a mix of 1980s favorites.
At 4:30 p.m., Terry Lee and his Million Dollar Band will get toes tapping with favorites with the 1950s-style rock and roll show.
The final group of the night will be Dirty Deeds who take the stage at 8 p.m. with the AC/DC sound.
"They will play until the fireworks start at 10 p.m.," said Kelley, who reminds festival goers that Glenwood Drive will be closed from Bedford Road to Eastside Park Road from 7 p.m. until after the fireworks.
"Nobody will be allowed around this area. No one can be in or around the north side of the upper lake area or old beach area," said Kelley.