Hurricane Arthur may play havoc with coastal areas, but will not affect local plans to celebrate Independence Day.
by David Leone
A veritable monsoon dampened the Wake Forest Independence Day festivities last year, but the show still went on. Event officials say that this year, they’ll most likely do the same.
“There is no rain date. Right now everything is on schedule,” Rhonda Alderman, the Wake Forest Fourth of July committee chair, said about the music and fireworks event planned for Thursday night (tonight).
That’s because both the fireworks company and the Band of Oz are booked for July 4.
Tropical Storm Arthur is predicted to impact the Carolina coast Thursday, and meteorologists are guessing that the Triangle region’s rains will come later on Thursday, but possibly clear up by Friday evening.
Alderman said any up-to-the-minute changes to the schedule, or cancelation, would be posted to the town and The Wake Weekly’s websites/Facebook pages.
That’s how folks kept up with the news last year — heavy rains earlier in the day delayed the start of the celebration. The rain also damaged some of the fireworks last year. Officials have switched companies and promise that won’t recur.
Wake Forest’s celebration actually spans two days. On Thursday in Wake Forest High School’s Trentini Stadium, expect music, skydivers and the fireworks, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 (children under 6 enter free). The tickets defray the cost of the entertainment and pyrotechnics.
On Friday is a patriotic children’s parade at 10 a.m., beginning on North Main Street and ending at Holding Park. At 11 a.m., kids games (seed spitting, pie eating, tug-o-war) and art in the park take place at that location.
Franklinton officials said Wednesday that they are planning to hold their July 3 Stand Up for America celebration at Franklinton Middle School rain or shine. The gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the first of three bands starts to play at 6 p.m., leading up to the fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Admission is $1 for ages 6 and up and free for ages 5 and under.
Louisburg’s celebration is planned for Friday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Louisburg High School. The rainy weather was to have stopped by then. Admission is free. To keep up with changes, see The Wake Weekly Facebook page at bit.ly/wwfbook. Nonmembers can also view the page.
No fireworks in Rolesville, but plenty of Fourth fun
As most have already learned, the town of Rolesville is not hosting its annual fireworks show this year. A lack of funding and volunteers led to the cancellation.
In lieu of the traditional events, however, the newly opened Rolesville Farmers Market , 105 W. Young St., will be hosting Park it at the Market on July 4 from 4:30 p.m. until dusk, according to a notice from Town Manager Bryan Hicks on behalf of the Mayor, Frank Eagles, who is the chairman of the Farmers Market Advisory Committee.
Food vendors will include local restaurants Rolesville Grille and Sarge's. There will be homemade ice cream, brownies from Gluten-Free with Sarah B and food from other vendors.
There will also be some games like potato sack races, water balloon toss, bouncy houses plus live music and more. Some activities will be for a fee with all proceeds from the event donated to medical bills for three local children with critical illnesses. —Clellie Allen