SUMTER, S.C. — The Forth of July holiday is just days away but, if you were looking forward to the annual celebration hosted by Shaw Air Force Base, you'll have to wait a little longer.
The Freedom Bash has been postponed due to safety concerns amid COVID-19.
The large celebration was expected to include a country music concert, food vendors, a fireworks show and more, but, after consulting with health professionals and community leadership, organizers have decided to postpone it until the fall.
"I know it's disappointing," Col. Larry Sullivan said. "I was looking forward to it as were many of the people on the base, but we think that's the appropriate call given what's happening with the virus here in South Carolina."
Lt. Sable Brown, a base spokesperson, added that they're not planning any alternative events, but people can watch two of their pilots in cities along the South Carolina coast during the flyover event Salute from the Shore.
Other military planes will be joining in. Learn more at https://salutefromtheshore.org/ .