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Free fishing today

July 4
RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission invites anglers and would-be anglers of all ages to go fishing today, July 4 — for free. From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina — residents and non-residents alike — may fish in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege. Although no fishing license is required, all other fishing regulations, such as size and creel limits and lure restrictions, still apply. To give anglers a better chance of catching fish, the commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state — including trout and channel catfish. The agency also provides access to fishing sites across the state, including public fishing areas and boating access areas. The interactive fishing and boating maps on the Commission’s website list more than 500 fishing and boating areas, many of which are free, that are open to the public. Authorized by the N.C. General Assembly and started in 1994, North Carolina’s annual free fishing day always falls on July 4. On all other days of the year, a fishing license is not required for anglers 15 years and younger, but anyone age 16 and older must have a fishing license to fish in any public water in North Carolina, including coastal waters. Purchase a license in one of these ways: •Call the Commission at 1-888-248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. •Go to ncwildlife.org using a computer or mobile device. •Visit a local Wildlife Service Agent. Find out more »

BEST OF BEST VOTING BEGINS

July 4
Today marks the beginning of The Wake Forest Weekly’s Best of the Best voting, which continues through Aug. 15. Vote at wakeweekly.com — click on the Vote! button. More info to come. Find out more »

INDEPENDENCE DAY

July 4
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5:30 pm

Franklin Co. July Fourth Celebration

July 4 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Louisburg High School,
201 Allen Lane, Louisburg, 27549
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LOUISBURG — Annual Franklin County Parks and Recreation’s 4th of July Celebration at Louisburg High School. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Games, inflatables, music, food and fireworks. Admission is free. Find out more »
11:00 am

Art & Games in the Park

July 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Holding Park,
133 W. Owen Ave., Wake Forest, 27587
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WAKE FOREST — Fireworks, games, live entertainment, and a whole lot more await you at this year’s Fourth of July celebration! Now in its 41st year, Wake Forest’s Independence Day celebration is one of our area’s most eagerly-anticipated summer-time events serving up two days-worth of fun and excitement for the entire family. Once again, this year’s celebration is a two-day affair consisting of the following events and activities: Fireworks Spectacular Thursday, July 3; Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Wake Forest High School, 420 W. Stadium Dr. Admission is $5 per person. Children ages 6 and under are free. Children’s Parade Friday, July 4; line-up begins at 10 a.m.; parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue, near the Wake Forest College Birthplace Art & Games in the Park Friday, July 4; 11 a.m. Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave. Notes for Fireworks: No alcoholic beverages, smoking, or pets are permitted on the Wake Forest High School campus. Lawn chairs may be set up in designated lawn and concrete areas inside the stadium. Although blankets are allowed on the track, lawn chairs are not due to the damage they can cause to the track’s rubberized surface. Following the fireworks, no vehicles will be permitted to enter the school grounds until all the traffic exiting the stadium is clear. In case of inclement weather, updated information will be posted on Wake Forest TV 10 . In addition, smart phone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule changes. Volunteers are needed for this year’s celebration. To learn more, email wfjuly4th@aol.com. Find out more »
10:00 am

Wake Forest Children’s Parade

July 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Wake Forest Historical Museum,
450 N. Main St., Wake Forest, 27587
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WAKE FOREST — Fireworks, games, live entertainment, and a whole lot more await you at this year’s Fourth of July celebration! Now in its 41st year, Wake Forest’s Independence Day celebration is one of our area’s most eagerly-anticipated summer-time events serving up two days-worth of fun and excitement for the entire family. Once again, this year’s celebration is a two-day affair consisting of the following events and activities: Fireworks Spectacular Thursday, July 3; Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Wake Forest High School, 420 W. Stadium Dr. Children’s Parade Friday, July 4; line-up begins at 10 a.m.; parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue, near the Wake Forest College Birthplace Art & Games in the Park Friday, July 4; 11 a.m. Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave. Volunteers are needed for this year’s celebration. To learn more, email wfjuly4th@aol.com. Find out more »
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