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Tropical storm Arthur looming off Carolina coast.
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 Forth 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.
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