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If you’re looking for a way to celebrate July 4 this year, there are several places to enjoy good food, family fun and fireworks.
For the fourth year, the Wilson County Fairgrounds will be hosting a Fourth of July celebration, starting at 2 p.m.
“This is our way of giving back to the community for all the support they give to the Wilson County Fair,” said Debbie Hill, fair manager.
The barbecue cookoff will return with at least six area fire department competing. After judging at 2 p.m., the departments will be selling barbecue in sandwiches, on plates or in bulk.
Hill said the July 4 event gives the fire departments an avenue to raise money. It’s also some good eating!
Other food will also be for sale that day, including hot dogs and funnel cakes.
Abrams Amusements will be bringing back inflatables and mechanical carnival rides this year. Families can purchase $15 arm bands so the kids can enjoy unlimited rides.
Target in Wilson and Rocky Mount will be at the event with games and a few freebies, she added.
A DJ will provide music for dancing, and Shannon Baker will perform starting at 6 p.m.
A cake walk will take place during the day, Hill said, raising money for the Wilson Crisis Center.
Stop by Building B to see the Veterans Wall of Honor — a pictorial tribute to area servicemen.
Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. Hill said the fireworks, provided with help from Wilson Tourism, will be as good or better than he last two years.
Attendance has grown each year, she added, and she encourages people to arrive early to get a good parking spot for the fireworks.
Once again this year, the Wilson Tobs will have an Independence Day celebration.
The Tobs will play the Fayetteville Swampdogs that day with a game starting at 6:15 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m., according to Sara Killeen, Tobs assistant general manager.
Killeen said there will be gate giveaways as well as beer and drink specials.
At the conclusion of the game, where will be a traditional fireworks show.
IN THE REGION
If you’re headed to the Mudcats game on July 4, you can expect a big fireworks show there as well. A hot dog eating contest is also on the agenda.
Kenly’s 4th of July celebration is at 9 p.m. at Kenly 95 Petrol, 923 Johnston Parkway. At 7:30 p.m., a DJ will begin playing favorite tunes, and games will be set up for the children.
One of the biggest fireworks displays in the region will be in Raleigh at 9:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July. This year’s event has been moved from downtown back to the area near the State Fairgrounds.
Rocky Mount celebrates Independence Day on July 3, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex. The free event includes food, music, kids’ activities and a fireworks show.