WATCH: London greets July 4 with new flag, gets ready for fireworks; parks reopen

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The London City Fire Department joined us to assist in raising a new U.S. flag. "A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the nation that sets it forth." — Henry Ward Beecher

Posted by London Police Department, KY on Thursday, July 2, 2020

LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – With a fireworks display Saturday night and the city’s parks opening Wednesday, it’s a busy week in London.

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And to Make sure the city paid tribute to July 4 and what it means, the London Police and Fire departments raised a new American flag Thursday at the Police Department to make sure the holiday got off to a good start.

On a proper note, the department posted a quote on its Facebook page: “A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation’s flag, sees not the flag only, but the nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the nation that sets it forth.” — Henry Ward Beecher.

The city’s fireworks display is Saturday night with some coronavirus-related changes.

According to the city’s announcement, Southeast Kentucky’s largest fireworks display will go on as usual in London on Saturday, July 4. According to its statement:

“It will be a scaled-down version of London’s popular Red, White and Boom at College Park off Ky. 192 next to the Laurel County Library. But unlike previous years, there will be no activities other than the fireworks.
“The City of London Independence Day Fireworks Show will begin at dusk on Saturday July, 4. Guests will be asked to stay in or near their cars. Limited parking will be available within the College Park campus beginning at 6 p.m. Parents will not be permitted to drop off youth, and there will be no drive-thru traffic. The Wellness Park will be closed and there will be no restroom facilities available.
“Thankfully, the gigantic fireworks display can be experienced from many areas around College Park, including Ky. 192 and East Fourth Street. For years, thousands of residents and visitors have brought lawn chairs and tailgated in these areas to watch the fireworks, and can do so again while maintaining social distancing.
“This year so far has been a strange and disappointing one in many respects due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so we want to give residents something to celebrate on Independence Day,” London Mayor Troy Rudder said. “We felt it necessary to continue the tradition with a fantastic fireworks show, with some modifications to protect the public.”
The fireworks will be choreographed to a patriotic music soundtrack aired on WWEL Sam 103.9 radio.
Meanwhile, all London playgrounds, splash pads, and basketball courts officially re-opened on Wednesday, except the London-Laurel Co. Wellness Park due to parking lot construction at Somerset Community College and roadway construction at the entrance of the park.
The Wellness Park will re-open on July 10.