Wilson's July 4 traditions set to change

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If you want to see fireworks in Wilson on July 4 this year, you’ll have to go to the Wilson County Fairgrounds on U.S. 301. The Wilson Tobs will have fireworks after the July 2 game this year, according to Mike Bell, general manager, instead of July 4.

Bell said the fireworks provider, Hale Fireworks, is only able to do one show on Independence Day in Wilson this year, and it will be at the fairgrounds. Bell said with fireworks shows offered twice in Wilson that week, residents won’t have to choose which one to attend. They can see both.

The Tobs plan to have a band, music, giveaways, promotions and discounts for the July 2 game. There will still be a game on July 4 as well, he said. The game will be at 5 p.m., giving people enough time to go to the fireworks at the fairgrounds. The July 4 game, held on Thirsty Thursday, will include a cornhole tournament, he said.

The fairgrounds event will be scaled down this year, according to Debbie Hill, fair manager. The fireworks at 9:15 p.m. will be the only attraction this year. For the last several years, the Wilson County Fair has also had a barbecue cookoff, carnival and other seasonal events.

Hill said the fireworks have always been the most popular aspect of the July 4 event. She has said in past years that the fireworks are a thank you to residents who support the Wilson County Fair each September and other events at the fairgrounds throughout the year.

Light refreshments will be available at the fairgrounds for purchase July 4, she said, including snacks such as funnel cakes, lemonade and soft drinks.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. Those attending can take chairs or blankets onto the midway. No tents will be allowed.

There is no admission fee for the fireworks at the fairgrounds.