Continuing its annual Independence Day celebrations, Rocky Mount, North Carolina offers residents two days of 4th of July fireworks displays over the weekend of July 3-4.
Despite a law-changing trucking accident at Ocracoke that claimed the lives of four fireworks personnel in July 2009, fireworks displays and Independence Day celebrations will go on in cities and small towns across eastern North Carolina. Organizers will take extra precautions to ensure the safety of attendees and staff.
Fireworks Display 2010 — Rocky Mount, North Carolina Independence Day Celebration
Rocky Mount’s Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor its 39th Annual Independence Celebration on July 3, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium and Sports Complex. According to special events coordinator Debbie Julio, a free fireworks display, open to the public, will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Saturday.
Bands, entertainment, food and community spirit abound at this July 4th Independence Day event. Concessions open at 6:00 p.m. with opening ceremonies beginning at 7:00.
According to the Rocky Mount Telegram, Audra Davis will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Veterans and military personnel will be recognized. Eclectic music, by popular band Black and Blue, will add to patriotic festivities.
Guests should bring lawn chairs and blankets or quilts for comfort. Although coolers are not allowed, people can bring in outside food. Vendors will be on site selling hot dogs, funnel cakes, hamburgers, popcorn and other snacks as well as cold beverages.
Children can enjoy free face-painting and balloon animals along with rides on four inflatables for a fee.
Attendees have an opportunity to donate canned food and non-perishable items to United Community Ministries as well. This food drive is being sponsored by Kids4Change, a nonprofit group for children.
Tar River Transit will sponsor free shuttle bus service to and from the stadium. Buses will depart every ten minutes from 6:00 until 7:30 from the Best Buy area of the Golden East Crossing Mall parking lot. Shuttles will return to the mall after the fireworks display. Attendees are encouraged to use the shuttles as the quickest and safest way to exit. Buses will have first priority over other types of traffic.
Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks– Rocky Mount North Carolina: Englewood Baptist Church
Following its annual Independence Day tradition, Englewood Baptist Church at 1350 S. Winstead Avenue will sponsor its outdoor Freedom Worship Service on Sunday, July 4th, 2010 beginning at 9:15 a.m.
At 5 o’clock the church will continue its Annual Freedom Celebration with Fireworks. Inflatable rides for children, music and concessions will be onsite with fireworks beginning at dusk.
The church has ample parking, but attendees should arrive early as traffic along the Winstead Avenue corridor can become congested. Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended.
Rocky Mount Telegram
City of Rocky Mount: Event Calendar