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Fourth features fireworks, fun: Festivals planned throughout region

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This week, the nation unites to celebrate America’s independence from British rule with flags, food and fireworks. Although options within southern Nash County are limited, surrounding areas a short drive away have plenty of activities planned for the Fourth of July holiday.

CASTALIA

The small town of Castalia will welcome thousands of people Thursday for its daylong Fourth of July celebration, which traditionally draws a significant southern Nash crowd.

The festivities include a parade, live music, food, vendors and an evening frieworks display. Roads will close between noon and 1 p.m. in preparation for the parade, which begins at 2 p.m. The fireworks display begins at 9:15. For more information, call the Castalia Town Hall at 252-459-3668.

ROCKY MOUNT

The Rocky Mount Independence Day celebration will be held Wednesday at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex. The celebration will include food, kids’ activities and live music by the Rivermist band all evening.

The evening will culminate with a fireworks display. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rockymountnc.gov.

ZEBULON

Carolina Mudcats fans have three days to enjoy the fun of the Mudcats for America Fireworks Extravaganza. The fireworks display will take place Thursday through Saturday immediately following the baseball games at Five-County Stadium.

The games begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 6 p.m. Saturday. For ticket information, visit www.milb.com/carolina-mudcats.

WILSON

The Wilson County Fairgrounds will host a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Thursday in a scaled-down Independence Day celebration. Pyrotechnics will be the only attraction this year. For the last several years, a barbecue cookoff and carnival have accompanied the festivities.

Light refreshments including lemonade, soft drinks and funnel cakes will be available for purchase.

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

KENLY

The town of Kenly and Kenly 95 Petro truck stop will cosponsor a fireworks display at the truck stop at Interstate 95’s Exit 106.

The fireworks show begins around 9 p.m.. A DJ will be playing music beginning at 7 p.m. and games will be set up for kids.

Visitors are also invited to visit the truck stop that will be open all day, according to Kenly 95 Petro general manager Ernie Brame.

FIREWORKS SAFETY

Nash County Emergency Services has issued guidelines for families attending a public fireworks display and those who may have fireworks at home.

Brent Fisher, assistant director of emergency services, said when attending a public display, obey safety barriers and safety personnel directions, stay a minimum of 500 feet from the launching site and resist the temptation to pick up firework debris when the display is over, as it may still be hot or “live” and could still explode.

For those who will have legal fireworks, Fisher said to never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. People should also avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper, as this can indicate professional fireworks.

He also said to never stand directly over fireworks devises when lighting the fuse, never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully and keep a garden hose nearby in case of fire.

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