LAURINBURG — With Independence Day falling on a Saturday this year, locals can take advantage of myriad free patriotic activities, both local and within a short drive.
The city of Laurinburg will, as in previous years, have its Fourth of July celebration at Scotland High School’s Pate Stadium. East Coast Pyrotechnics will put on a 20-minute light show, at a cost to the city of $11,000. Fireworks will begin at around 9:15 p.m., depending upon light conditions.
While many Scotland County residents choose to park on nearby roads and watch the show from the comfort of their bucket seats or the bed of a truck, gates to the stadium will open at 6 p.m., with emcee Dave Wells entertaining with classic radio hits and offering prizes. The Scotland High School Band Boosters will be selling snacks and drinks. All current and former military members are invited to attend and be recognized after the playing of the national anthem.
For information, call City Clerk Jenny Tippett at 910-276-8324.
Those who would like to celebrate early can head to Tufts Park in downtown Pinehurst, where a “Patriotic Pet Competition” will be judged at 9:15 a.m. At 10 a.m., a parade begins, featuring the usual beauty queens and civic organizations. After the parade, return to Tufts Park for facepainting, an array of antique autos and a farmer’s market.
Pinehurst will also features fireworks at about 9:15 p.m., at Pinehurst Harness Track.
For information, call the Pinehurst Parks and Recreation Department at 910-295-8656.
About 60,000 are expected to descend on Fort Bragg for a celebration that will include country musicians Easton Corbin and Randy Houser — and the firing of 110 howitzer rounds by the All-Americans in the 82nd Airborne Division will be heard for miles around.
The Main Post Parade Field will offer kid’s activities and food vendors at 3 p.m. Following will be music performances, a parachute demonstration and a flag ceremony, with fireworks at 10 p.m.
For information call Fort Bragg’s office of Morale, Recreation and Welfare at 910-396-8682.
For those headed out of town for the weekend, Robeson County offers a Thursday celebration at Lumberton High School.
Entertainment, including a performance by The Radio Narks and the All Veteran Parachute Jump Team, begins at 7:30 p.m. The fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m.
Gates open at 6 p.m. and the event is free. The Lumberton High School marching band and other vendors will be selling concessions inside the stadium.
For information call 910-671-3869.