Although next month’s Fourth of July Weekend in Madison will be missing its signature event — the 70th running of the Madison Regatta and Roostertail Music Festival — the city seems determined to make the most out of what is the community’s most exciting holiday annually with fireworks, live music and a couple of block parties.

The city had previously announced a continuation of the annual fireworks program that has been a Saturday night staple of the Madison Regatta for decades and now the Board of Public Works Monday approved street closings for a block party on Broadway Street and live music on Mulberry Street.

Between the block party, music and fireworks, Madison should have something going on from 1 p.m. to at least 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, making for one big day-long party to celebrate what is scheduled to be the beginning of the last of five stages in Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana COVID-19 recovery strategy.

Holcomb has penciled in July 4 as the day he will launch Stage 5 of Back on Track, meaning conventions, sports events, fairs, festivals and like events may resume while restrictions will also be lifted at amusement parks, water parks, and similar facilities with the caveat that social distancing guidelines should be maintained and although optional, face coverings should be considered.

Mayor Bob Courtney said Monday that while the number of events planned for July 4 should give local residents a long awaited chance to resume the festivals Madisonians so enjoy, he hopes residents will have fun while participating safely.

We need to do it safely and continue to follow social distancing requirements,” Courtney said, hoping to head off an increased in cases of the novel coronavirus that has shut down activity for weeks already.

The Broadway Block Party is an annual event hosted by the Historic Broadway Hotel and Tavern as party of Regatta Weekend. This year it will run from 2-11 p.m. with Broadway closed from Second to Main streets to accommodate the crowd. The lower portion of Broadway Street will also be closed to provide parking for the city’s golf cart community attending the fireworks program on the Ohio River.

The city of Madison will close Broadway to the Brown Gymnasium. Madison Director of Community Relations Hannah Fagen said by setting aside that area, cart drivers and their passengers will have a place to gather safely and park their carts.

The city has previously approved closing Vaughn Drive from Ferry Street on the east to Vernon Street on the west to provide ample social distancing space for what is always a massive crowd for the fireworks.

Brent Spry, one of the organizers of the Regatta’s Roostertail Music Festival, was before Public Works Monday requesting and receiving approval for a street closing on Mulberry Street for a block party featuring live music and possibly food trucks. Spry said details are still being finalized but the hope is to make the show a free admission event.

In other business, the Board of Public Works:

• Approved a $1,316,695 bid by All Star Paving of Seymour to resurface a long list of city streets funding by a matching state Community Cross’s Grant. A total of five bids were received with All Star, the same company who won the bid locally last year, submitting the lowest offer. The bid actually came in slightly lower than estimates the city received from project engineers.

• Approved a $12,900 bid by Dan Cristiana Excavating to cover equipment and labor costs for yard waste grinding at the city’s Solid Waste Transfer Station. The bid covers mulching trees, limbs and yard waste with all materials remaining on site.