By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Family fun is in store in Macclesfield on the Fourth of July. The festivities get underway at 5 p.m. at the Macclesfield Town Park, located in downtown.
“We try to keep it real family-oriented,” said Patricia Keel. “We’re going to have rides for the kids and entertainment.”
The band Donnaha Station, out of Winston-Salem, will provide the entertainment for the adults at the event, while the children will have carnival rides and a petting zoo to keep them busy until time for the fireworks. Donnaha Station is a classic rock/ blues band and the band lists some of its influences as Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynryd and the Allman Brothers.
The patriotic celebration will include several Fourth of July tributes. A historical reenactment group will shoot off a cannon three times. The Macclesfield Volunteer Fire Department will have hot dogs for sale at the celebration, with proceeds going to the department.
“We’re going to have a tent set up, so you won’t have to be in the sun or the rain,” Keel said. Based on the forecast for Thursday, neither beating the heat nor escaping rainstorms will be a concern. Skies will be partly cloudy during the day, with a high temperature of 89 degrees and a 20 percent chance of rain.
The highlight of the celebration is a 20-minute fireworks display, beginning at dusk, around 9:15 p.m.
“We have beautiful fireworks,” Keel said. “Our fireworks are outstanding.”
Admission to the Fourth of July celebration is free, but the Town of Macclesfield is selling raffle tickets to help offset the cost of the fireworks. The town began the event in
2001, after the town’s centennial celebration. Keel said the event draws a large crowd every year.
Tarboro Fourth Celebration
The Town of Tarboro will hold its fireworks display on the Fourth, beginning at dusk, and fireworks will light up the sky for 15 to 20 minutes.
“I think it’s a good display for this size town,” said Lt. Danny Butler of the Tarboro Fire Department. Spectators have their pick of two prime locations to watch the show – the Tarboro High School parking lot and the Riverside Plaza Shopping Center parking lot. Other folks in town choose to watch the fireworks from their own yard. ”A lot of people can see them from their home, so they’ll have a cookout at their home and watch the fireworks,” said Cheryl Gay, director of the Tarboro Parks & Recreation Department.