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GALLERY: Independence Day Celebration in Covington
Fireworks show in Covington - July 4, 2021
Spectators from Newton County and beyond look on from the Covington Square as fireworks light the night sky Sunday, July 4, 2021. (Taylor Beck | The Covington News)

COVINGTON, Ga. — Thousands poured into and around the Covington Square on Sunday, July 4, for the annual Independence Day fireworks show. It was the first major public event held in Newton County since the COVID-19 pandemic began almost 18 months ago. 

In a regular year, a festival with live music, food vendors and activities is held in addition to the fireworks display; however, organizers opted this year to limit the event to only a fireworks show out of concern of potentially causing a local spike in COVID-19 cases.