INDEPENDENCE DAY: Various events highlight area holiday schedule

Jun. 29, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

People in the Central Carolina region will have many opportunities to celebrate Independence Day this year.

In Lee County, Ammons Farm will once again hold its annual festival and fireworks show — although organizers are hoping it doesn't get rained out like last year, when they ended up celebrating Independence Day nearly two months later due to a series of weather delays.

Organizer Cindy Ammons wrote on the "Ammons Farm Annual 4th of July Celebration" Facebook page that they're optimistic they'll be able to actually have it on the right day this year, since the fields are not too wet.

She also said there will be some changes from years past, although there were no details as to what those changes might be. Last year, in addition to the fireworks, the Ammons family provided live music, food, games and other attractions.

"One thing I can tell you now is that it will be on Friday, July 4th and we hope to start the festivities around 5 p.m. with the firework show starting around 9:15 p.m. or so," she wrote, also urging people to check in periodically on the Facebook page for more updates.

For people looking to make their own fun, the Keystone Firework Tent opened this weekend in the parking lot at K-Mart off of Horner Boulevard. Organizers said they plan to stay open until July 5.

HARNETT COUNTY

Lillington will have multiple events at locations around town to celebrate the Fourth. Next to Howard's BBQ at 100 S. Main St., live music and a duck derby will kick off at 5 p.m. followed by a canoe/kayak race starting at 6 p.m. Then people can head over to the Lillington Ball Field at 6:30 for more music and food vendors. Finally, the fireworks will start once it gets dark — around 9:15 p.m. — at Precision Ford. For more information, contact Theresa Thompson at (910) 893-0311 or tthompson@lillingtonnc.org.

CHATHAM COUNTY

The West Chatham Senior Center at 112 Village Lake Road, Siler City, will celebrate with a car show, dinner and dancing. The antique car, truck and motorcycle cruise-in will start at 4 p.m., and hot dogs and fries will be served at 6 p.m. Then there will be live country music and line dancing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., for a cost of $8. Proceeds will go to the food bank and Meals on Wheels.

MOORE COUNTY

The Carthage Rotary Club will host a Fourth of July Parade in downtown Carthage starting at 11 a.m. For more information or to enter the parade, contact Steve Ennis at (910) 947-6555.

FORT BRAGG

After losing its Fourth of July show last year due to federal budget cuts, a group of private companies pitched in to let Fort Bragg host an Independence Day party once more. The event is free and open to the public and will feature performances from rockers .38 Special and country singer Josh Turner. It will last from 3-10 p.m. at the Main Post Parade Field and will also feature food vendors, a parachute demonstration team, a performance by the base band, a flag ceremony and a fireworks show. Pets, glass bottles and grills are not allowed, and any tents must be set up in a designated area in a spot that must be reserved in advance. For more information, go to www.fortbraggmwr.com/july4th.