Make plans to celebrate July 4

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There will only be one fireworks display on the Fourth of July this year in Wilson, and that’s at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

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.


There are other events to enjoy across the state for the Fourth of July. Here are a few:

• Rocky Mount will once again have its celebration 6 to 9 p.m. on July 3 at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex stadium. The event includes an evening of food, music, activities for the kids and fireworks. The band Rivermist will perform.

• Kenly’s popular July 4 fireworks display is at 9 p.m. behind Kenly 95 Petro. Before the fireworks, a DJ will play favorite tunes at 7 p.m.; games will be set up for kids.

• On July 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the State Capitol will host a day of family-friendly events including musical performances, carriage rides and hands-on activities for children. Sign your name with a quill pen, pie the redcoat or King George III, or dress up like a Revolutionary-era citizen. An outdoor naturalization ceremony for new citizens will take place at noon on the Capitol’s east grounds. After the ceremony, the traditional “Salute to Independence” will feature a reading of Thomas Jefferson’s most noble achievement, “The Declaration of Independence.” Visitors will also have the chance to listen to patriotic tunes performed by the Raleigh Concert Band. Birthday cake will be served at 1 p.m., for as long as supplies last. Food will also be available for purchase, and the Capitol will be open for self-guided tours.

• Raleigh’s annual July 4 fireworks display will be held around the Carter-Finley Stadium and PNC Arena area. Free parking to view the fireworks will be available within PNC Arena lots, Carter-Finley Stadium lots and North Carolina State Fairgrounds’ Bunn Field lots along Trinity Road. Gates open at 6 p.m., and fireworks launch around 9:30 p.m.

• The Carolina Mudcats will have fireworks July 4-6 following the games with the Frederick Keys. The team will be wearing patriotic series jerseys.

• Carowinds will have a fireworks celebration after dark on July 4.

• Chapel Hill’s Independence Day celebration is 6 to 9 p.m. at Southern Village on Market Street and Village Green. Merchants will have food for sale. Live music will be presented by Idlewild South. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.

• Southport has celebrated the country’s independence in a big way for more than 200 years. The celebration has grown from Colonial times when ships lay anchor in her harbor and shot cannons to today’s festival where 40,000 to 50,000 people attend. The event includes more than 100 arts and crafts vendors displayed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Franklin Square Park, fair food, lots of live music, firefighter competitions, children’s entertainment, a classic car show and fireworks at 9 p.m. For details visit nc4thofjuly.com.

• Emerald Isle will have fireworks from the Bogue Inlet Pier on July 4 at 9 p.m. The fireworks will be visible from Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.