Local and regional July 4 celebrations

By: Chrysta Carroll - Bladen Journal

WHITE LAKE — The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping to bring July in with a bang when it hosts its annual fireworks display at White Lake next week.

“I’m expecting a big crowd, because it’s the peak tourist season,” said Chamber Executive Director Dawn Maynard. “I’ve talked to many accommodations (owners), and they have a lot of visitors coming in this week.”

A long-time tradition, the White Lake fireworks are a season highlight for family tourists, but the Chamber is upping the game even more this year.

“We’ve increased the show by $1,000 this year, which puts the Chamber spending a little over $9,000 on the fireworks display,” stated Maynard. “As long as the weather is not inclement, I think it will be a big bang for the buck.”

Melrose Pyrotechnics, the South Carolina company that put on last year’s display, has been tasked with the job again this year.

Maynard had a word of caution for those planning on attending the event.

“We always want to encourage boaters to stay along the perimeter of the lake — not in the middle — that night, and we want to encourage spectators on land to stay back and away from the piers we’re shooting fireworks from,” she said.

The White Lake fireworks will be launched from Goldston’s Beach at dark, which, Maynard said, is usually around 9 p.m. The show will take place on Wednesday, July 4.

“I’m hoping it’s going to be a very busy night for local businesses around the lake,” she said.

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Other regional events

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July 1

— The town of Fairmont will celebrate Fairmont Fantastic Fourth with a fireworks display and music on Sunday, July 1. Music is from 5-9 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. in Fairmont Community Park.

July 3

— Lumberton Community Relations presents the Family Fourth Celebration on Tuesday, July 3, which will include local entertainment, inflatables, a free-fall parachute team demonstration, and fireworks at Lumberton High School. Gates open at 6 p.m.; entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m.; and the fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 910-671-3869.

— The 31st annual Columbus County Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration will be held at South Columbus High School, featuring local entertainment, veteran recognition, food and beverages. The Event Field opens at 6 p.m. For more information, call the Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce.

— A beachside Independence Day celebration, complete with live music and fireworks, will take place Tuesday, July 3, at Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Music will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.

July 4

— Fort Bragg’s festivities will be highlighted by country artist Trace Adkins, as well as a spectacular fireworks show, a mix of country and rock ‘n’ roll music, parachute free-fall demonstrations, the popular flag ceremony, and food and beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early due to heavy traffic.

— Hope Mills’ festivities begin at 10 a.m with a parade and continue with a horseshoe tournament, Kids’ Corner, vendors, a cornhole tournament, frozen t-shirt contest, and music by the Eastline Band and Rivermist Band. The day will culminate with a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.

— The city of Wilmington will host a July 4 celebration at downtown’s Riverfront Park. Live entertainment and food vendors will be set up along Water Street, and fireworks will be shot over the Cape Fear River. The event will take place from 6-10 p.m., with fireworks at 9:05 p.m.

July 7

— A fireworks display will be held at Bay Tree Lakes at 9 p.m.

Chrysta Carroll can be reached at 910-862-4163 or ccarroll@bladenjournal.com.

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Chrysta Carroll

Bladen Journal