Monday, June 24, 2024

Where to watch Fourth of July fireworks this year

Samantha Morris and Will Darrough, both Wilmington residents, watch the Thursday night fireworks show from the patio of the Olde Salty, 9:07 p.m. (Port City Daily photo | Mark Darrough)
Wilmington residents, watch a fireworks show from the patio of the Olde Salty, 9:07 p.m. (Port City Daily photo | Mark Darrough)

SOUTHEAST N.C. — The 4th of July won’t be the same this year thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic which has seen fireworks shows across the region canceled — but there are still some fireworks displays planned.

With major cancelations across the state, North Carolina Fire Marshal Mike Causey addressed concerns with residents taking it upon themselves to light up the night.

“As a result of the coronavirus situation, many professional fireworks display shows have been canceled — but that does not mean people should have your own backyard fireworks show. If fireworks are not handled properly, celebrations could end with a trip to the hospital,” according to a press release from Causey.

Specifically, in Southeastern N.C., the proximity to South Carolina makes it much easier for residents to take a quick trip south to stock up on illegal fireworks (since they are permitted in South Carolina).

Some fireworks are permitted in N.C., however, they are typically sparklers and other incendiary devices that do not leave the ground. It’s not just officials being too cautious, each year fireworks cause a number of injuries that require trips to the hospital.

“More than 9,000 people nationwide were treated for fireworks-related injuries in 2018, with 62 percent of them occurring during the month surrounding the Fourth of July (June 22-July 22). During that period, firecrackers were the number one cause of injuries, accounting for 19 percent of the estimated injuries. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for more than half of the total estimated injuries,” according to the release.

Causey encourages residents to attend professional displays instead of hosting their own ‘backyard’ fireworks event and even created a list of all of the professional shows going on this week.

Here is a list of all the public fireworks displays taking place in North Carolina this year:

LocationAddressDate Time 
Mount AiryVeterans Memorial Park7/4/20209:15 PM
BooneWestglow Resort & Spa7/4/20209:00 PM
Gastonia200 East Long Ave.7/4/20209:30 PM
Rocky Mount600 Independence Blvd7/3/20209:00 PM
Bladen CountyBay Tree Lakes7/3/20209:30 PM
Currituck CountyHistoric Corolla Park – Whalehead Club7/3/20209:00 PM
Eagle Creek Golf Course109 Greenview Rd Moyock NC7/11/20209:30 PM
BensonMcLamb-Tart Road7/4/20209:30 PM
DurhamDurham Bulls Park7/4/20209:00 PM
Spring LakeAnderson Creek Club7/5/20209:15 PM
Vale – Catawba County7878 Providence Church Rd7/4/20209:30 PM
Bryson City – Swain County900 Lemons Branch7/4/20209:00 PM
New Bern1309 Country Club Road7/4/20209:00 PM
Tarboro 7/4/20209:00 PM
Wake ForestWakefield High School7/3/20209:15 PM
Watauga CountyHound Ears7/4/20209:00 PM
River Run Country Club19125 River Falls Drive, Davidson7/18/20209:15 PM
Hendersonville 7/4/20209:00 PM
Pine Lake Country Club2500 Lebanon Road, Charlotte7/4/20209:15 PM
Oak IslandOak Island Pier, 705 Ocean Drive7/1/20209:00 PM
Ashe County368 Ray Hill Dr., West Jefferson7/4/20209:00 PM
Mars HillTown Park, Park Drive7/4/20209:00 PM
Selma 7/2/20209:00 PM
Cleveland9046 Cleveland Road7/4/20209:00 PM
Kenly923 Johnston Parkway Road7/4/20209:00 PM
SanfordCarolina Lakes7/3/20209:15 PM
Alpha and Omega Corn Maze1129 Cheek Rd, Hamptonville7/4/20209:00 PM
Figure 8 Yacht Club18 Bridge Rd, Wilmington7/4/20209:30 PM
Oak Island Pier705 Ocean Drive Oak Island7/1/20209:30 PM
Oakboro VFD321 W 2nd Street, Oakboro7/4/202011:00 PM
Sparta404 Trojan Avenue7/4/20209:00 PM
Camp Cheerio1430 Camp Cheerio Road7/3/20209:00 PM
ClintonRoyal Lane7/4/20209:30 PM
City of King107 White Road7/4/20209:15 PM
LincolntonBall field 803 North Aspen Street7/4/20209:00 PM
North Stone Country Club15801 North Stone Drive, Huntersville7/3/20209:15 PM
Reidsville125 Jaycee Park7/3/20209:30 PM
Carmel Country ClubCharlotte7/4/20209:00 PM
Daniel Terryberry FarmAirship Drive, Elizabeth City7/4/20209:00 PM
Burlingame POASapphire, NC7/3/20209:00 PM
Jacquelyn RogowCedar Mountain, NC7/4/20209:00 PM
Camp IllaheeBrevard, NC7/4/20209:00 PM
Lake Toxaway CompanyLake Toxaway, NC7/4/20209:00 PM
Camp CarolinaBrevard, NC7/4/20209:00 PM
Black Horse Run Subdivision11701 Black Horse Run, Raleigh7/3/20209:00 PM
Colerain Boat & Beach Club152 River Road, Colerain7/4/20209:00 PM
Black Horse Run Subdivision11701 Black Horse Run   Raleigh7/3/20209:00 PM
Wood Valley Swim & Raquet10316 Boxelder Dr7/4/20209:00 PM
Town of Holly Springs2401 Grigsby Ave7/5/20209:00 PM

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