Waxhaw commissioners vote to keep Christmas celebrations; 4th of July unknown

- People in the town of Waxhaw were worried some of their cherished holiday events would get the axe at Tuesday’s commissioner’s meeting.

The main topics were getting rid of the town’s 4th of July fireworks, Santa’s sleigh ride and free carriage rides during Christmas.

“That was something wonderful that we didn't expect,” said Waxhaw resident Ann Terwillinger. “We came from a different area, so when they came around on the fire trucks, my children were in awe when we first came here. Now 11 years later, I would love to see other children in awe.”

Some were worried they'd leave this meeting saying "awe shucks." The agenda said it was possible the city would put an end to the carriage and Santa rides.

“Many Waxhaw citizens have expressed these events and long-held family traditions are exactly why they chose to live and raise their family here,” said one woman at the commissioner’s meeting.

Many of them, not wanting to be the Grinch who stole Christmas, instead voted to save it. The sleigh and carriage rides will still operate under a pay-to-play option.  The fireworks, on the other hand, are postponed for the year of 2019 if the city can't find a plot of land big enough to safely handle the caliber of fireworks.

“Well this is November,” Terwillinger said, “and I think they could hold off until December, until their next meeting, to finalize whether or not they're going to have them for 2019.”


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