by Clellie Allen
Readers don’t have to travel far to celebrate Independence Day. Most area towns are holding Fourth of July celebrations Friday or Saturday.
Wake Forest — The Fireworks Display and Stadium Show takes place in Trentini Stadium at Wake Forest High School, 420 Stadium Ave. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and entertainment includes performances by Friendship Chapel Choir and Apples & Airplanes and Jupiter Jones bands will take the stage at 6:30 p.m.
There will also be a sky-diving exhibition by Don Carrington’s Parachute Team and plenty of food. Fireworks are at dusk.
Admission is $5, with children 6 and under free.
There is still time to get five tickets for the price of four ($20), at Wake Forest Weekly, Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce, N.C. General Stores, For Old Times Sake Antiques, town & Country Hardware at Gateway Commons, Aloha Tan and All About Hair and Nails.
Franklinton — Stand Up For America Celebration at the Franklinton Middle School football field (old Franklinton High School field), intersection of Cheatham and Vine streets.
Gates open at 5 p.m. for live entertainment, food and family fun. Fireworks are at dusk.
Admission is free, donations are welcomed.
Louisburg — Games, music, food, inflatable obstacle course and giant slide gets started at Louisburg High School, 201 Allen Lane at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Admission is free.
The parade route is from the intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue and continues to R.H. Forrest Field next to Holding Park on Owen Avenue. Art and Games in the Park begins at 11 a.m.
Game activities will include sack races, a watermelon seed spitting contest and a pie eating contest. Arts and crafts activities will include decorating a sun visor, patriotic magnet, cupcake, and treat bag.
In addition, Wake Forest police will offer a K9 unit demonstration, while the Wake Forest Fire Department will have a fire truck on display.
All activities on July 4 are free and concessions will be available.
Alert — The 14th annual Alert Fourth of July parade is at 11 a.m. Lineup begins at 10:30 a.m. There are no entry fees.
Rolesville — The annual Fourth of July celebration returns this year to the Rolesville ball fields, 121 Redford Place Drive.
The event begins with Rolesville’s first ever Patriotic Parade at 4 p.m. Line up on Rogers Road at the Rolesville Post Office by 3:45 p.m.
The parade will travel down Rogers Road to Redford Place Drive, which will be closed to thru-traffic.
After the parade, inflatables and games with live entertainment from The Still Kick’n Band will be on-hand.
Tickets and all-day wrist bands for the inflatables and games will be available for purchase. Rolesville July Fourth T-shirts, 4th of July cups, raffle tickets and A Taste of Rolesville cookbooks will also be for sale.
Multiple food vendors will also be present, including Jam Ice Cream, Tropical Island Concessions, DPnC, Chick-n-que, Apple Fries, PDQ, Big Red’s Hot Dogs, 4th & Goal Barbecue Grill, Kona Ice, Ma Berts Kettle Corn and JJ Dawgs.
Entertainment, food and games continues until 9:30 p.m. when the fireworks begin.
Admission to the fireworks is free, but donations will be collected.
Castalia — Festivities begin in downtown Castalia at 9 a.m. with a car show. At 11 a.m., craft and food vendors will be on display. At noon, there will be
an honorary veterans gathering.
The parade begins at 2 p.m. Then various music groups will perform until fireworks at 9:15 p.m.