Lebanon reschedules 4th of July celebration for 9/11

Lebanon reschedules 4th of July celebration for 9/11

Posted: Updated: Aug 16, 2013 01:22 AM CDT
LEBANON, Tenn. -

The city of Lebanon has rescheduled its rained out Fourth of July fireworks show for September 11.

Since the announcement, some people in the community have posted messages on social media sites saying 9/11 is an inappropriate day to have a community celebration.

Mayor Philip Craighead told News 2 city officials explored several other dates at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, but it was booked up.

"They are booked up year round and there wasn't another day in which we could have the event. So we did find Patriot's Day is a holiday that honors people who have sacrificed," said the mayor.

The mayor added the focus of the September 11 event will be honoring people who were affected by the terror attack.

News 2 spoke to one Lebanon resident who said she knew the rescheduled date would cause a controversy.

"I did hear about it. I heard about it over the Fourth of July and I thought that it is going to cause a bit of a stink, but then I thought, let's do it. The whole point of September 11 is we got past it," said Tracy Belardo.

Mayor Craighead said the city is moving forward with the event and will continue making plans.

He added the city spent about $20,000 on the fireworks display.

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