Many annual July 4th celebrations and traditions on the Coast have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.
However, Ship Island Excursion’s firework cruises will still be taking passengers out for the ultimate fireworks viewing experience.
All three of Ship Island Excursion’s boats are sold out for the event. Boats will be at 50 percent capacity so guests can social distance.
Passengers are also encouraged to wear, or at least bring, a mask in order to ensure the health and safety of everyone.
While Ship Island Excursions is taking passengers out on Dolphin and Sunset excursions, they still are not able to ferry anyone out to Ship Island.
Captain Louis Skrmetta gives News 25 an update on when he thinks ferry service will be back. “Well right now the National Parks Service is telling us it’s probably going to be early August by the time repairs are finished at Ship Island. But I tell you, we’re anxious to get back in business. We haven’t been able to make any trips this year. We started out with COVID-19. That shut us down. And then we had the Cristobal storm that came through and destroyed about 70 feet of the pier. So, we should be back in operation early August and we’re looking forward to making the ferry runs to Ship Island again, believe me.”
If you are itching to get out on the water this weekend, there are still a few openings for the dolphin cruises Saturday at 1:30 and 4 p.m.