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East County celebrates the Fourth of July with fun and fireworks

26 June 2017, 11:14 | Gladys Abbott

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Fire up your Fourth with these Independence Day events

Fourth of July weekend is on its way and there are events going on across eastern North Carolina. Hard-core firework enthusiasts have the opportunity to catch as many as three shows as the cities of Menifee and Oceanside are presenting celebrations prior to July 4.

Jill and the Authentics will be the Friday night headliner.

I totally support honoring those who have served in the military but it doesn't make any sense to celebrate my liberty by blowing up fireworks in the face of those who may be suffering from some sort of PTSD or battle scars.

Patriot, Indiana - The Town of Patriot will mark Independence Day with a parade starting at 10:00 a.m.

- Copper Mountain - Independence Day Celebration: Live music and activities, Sunday, Copper Mountain; parade and fireworks, Tuesday, Frisco; coppercolorado.com.

Paradise Bay Mobile Home Hideaway in Indian Beach is holding a golf cart and bicycle parade, which they expect to include 80 to 100 participants.

Smyrna, just east of Nolensville in Rutherford County, also will celebrate on Monday at Lee Victory Recreation Park where fireworks are set for 9 p.m.

The closing ceremony will include a community church service at 10 a.m.at Lou Mac Park (504 South Ave, Oriental). As part of the Fourth of July celebration all military veterans and those now serving will be recognized.

- Grand Lakes - 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza: Music, activities, fireworks at 10 p.m., Grand Lake; grandlakechamber.com/events.

9OYS is a proud sponsor of this event. A celebration featuring games, food and entertainment will take place after at the park.

Eagle Country 99.3 has gathered information on various community celebrations marking the Independence Day holiday.

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The event will be held at the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza.

The launch spot provides a view of the fireworks from the waterfront, downtown, the Neuse and Trent rivers, and Lawson Creek Park.

Celebration includes live entertainment, a vehicle show, kids zone, beer garden, and food and craft vendors.

- Manitou Springs - 4th of July Fireworks: 9 p.m., Manitou Springs; msvfd.com.

In Brentwood, a parade, the first in many decades, will begin at 9 a.m. and run down First Street from Garin Elementary School, where the staging area will be, and then turn down Oak Street to conclude at City Park.

Handicapped accessible parking will be available at Lawson Creek Park. A fireworks show will light up the sky at dusk.

The food line opens at 11:30 a.m. and a cake walk is at noon. The $3 meals include hot dogs and fixings. Live music throughout the day. A raffle drawing will be held at 4 p.m. July 4.

Base*FEST at Camp Lejeune will offer free admission for all attendees, with a purchase option for VIP experiences.

- Crested Butte - 4th of July in Crested Butte: All day activities with fireworks at 9:30 p.m., Crested Butte; cbchamber.com/events. Come for family entertainment, food, drinks, free kids activities and much more.

- La Junta - Old Fashioned Fourth of July: Parade, cannon firings, speeches, and debates, 1:30-4 p.m., Bent's Old Fort, La Junta. A friendly reminder that no alcohol, tobacco or personal fireworks are allowed on school property.

West Mansfield - Tuesday, July 4; 8:30 a.m. free color run, Conservation Club; noon parade from Veteran's Park to CC; food and activities begin at 12:30; hometown auction at gazebo with Kenny Rosebrook, 6 p.m.; Keith Mathys music, gazebo, 7 p.m.; fireworks at dusk. The festival includes a variety of games and entertainment such as a Hula Hoop contest, pizza eating contest, pie eating contest, three-legged race and egg toss.

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