FOURTH OF JULY

Festivities explode throughout the area

By LAURA PATTERSON
Assistant managing editor
Posted 6/24/22

Put on your red, white and blue and make plans over the next three weeks to celebrate this country’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

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FOURTH OF JULY

Festivities explode throughout the area

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Put on your red, white and blue and make plans over the next three weeks to celebrate this country’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Fourth of July festivities begin Sunday with Central Baptist Church’s Patriotic Explosion in Dunn and close out July 10 with Newton Grove’s annual Independence Day Celebration. There’s also plenty in between, including Benson’s Independence Day Celebration July 2 and the town of Lillington’s annual 4th of July Festival on Monday, July 4.

Fireworks, food and music are on tap throughout the area.

Patriotic Explosion

Central Baptist Church will once again its Patriotic Explosion at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 26. This event will begin with a musical voiced by the 100-plus voice Central Baptist Church Choir, led by Worship Pastor Darren Hughes. The program will celebrate this nation’s freedom and include a special presentation of veterans, honoring those who have served in all branches of the military.

Free hot dogs will be served outside after the program. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy the fireworks show beginning at dark. The event is free and open to the public.

Central Baptist Church is located 4 miles south of Dunn on U.S. Highway 421 at 6050 Plain View Highway, (exit 73 off I-95).

In Benson July 2

The town of Benson will hold its annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 2.

Opening ceremonies in the Benson Singing Grove on Main Street, downtown, will be held at 5:30 p.m. followed by a concert featuring the band Spare Change.

The fireworks show ignited from McLamb Tart Road will start around 9:15 p.m.

The committee is still looking sponsors for this year’s event.

For more information, call 919-894-5117.

July 3-4 in Lillington

Lillington’s kickoff to its 4th of July Festival, Smack Down on the River, will take place Sunday, July 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. in Lillington River Park, 151 E. Duncan St.

Activities include food trucks from 5 to 9 p.m.; a demonstration by Bull & Bear Gym from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and wrestling featuring the Cape Fear Wrestling Alliance from 7 to 9 p.m. There also will be carnival rides from 5 to 9 p.m.

The annual 4th of July Festival will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday, July 4, in Lillington River Park. In addition to a fireworks show at dusk, the afternoon will include food, live entertainment, carnival rides, a BMX stunt show and jump performed by the All Veterans Group.

Entertainment will be provided by the EastBound Acoustic Duo Jason Jackson and Adam Carswell, Jef the Mime and Sybil the Clown.

Tickets for the carnival rides Sunday and Monday are $10 for 12 tickets, $20 for 26 and $1 for one.

July 10 in Newton Grove

The town of Newton Grove will host its annual Independence Day Celebration Sunday, July 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. in Weeks Park on Park Drive.

Festivities will include live music by Major Vice, food vendors, bounce houses and, of course, fireworks.

Admission cost is $2; free for ages 4 and younger. Admission covers all activities except food and vendors.

The band takes the stage from 6 to 9 p.m. The fireworks will start at dusk.

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