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Some area July 4th events carry on

While many cities and towns are choosing to cancel Fourth of July festivities due to Coronavirus, the Town of Red Oak is moving forward with hosting its second annual "Family Freedom Celebration.

The event is slated to be held on Sunday, June 28.

The Town of Red Oak and the faith community of Red Oak is sponsoring the annual event, which was held for the first time last year. This year, however, a lot of changes have been made to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Tracy Shearin, Town Clerk for Red Oak, said only the fireworks will be held this year, adding that there will be no food, games or other group activities.

"People are encouraged to attend, of course, but parking at the schools and behind the Baptist and Methodist church," Shearin said. "We do ask that you respectfully social distance from other attendees."

Shearin said the fireworks will start between 8:15 and 8:30 p.m.

"As soon as it gets dark, it's going to start," she added.

Shearin said they are anticipating a large crowd since other areas have canceled their fireworks.

"Even Rocky Mount is canceled," she added.

The City of Rocky Mount announced last week they would not be having their annual fireworks celebration.

The safety and well-being of our citizens is a priority, and holding a mass gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic is not advisable per state and Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines," a statement issued by Rocky Mount said. "We wish our citizens a safe and enjoyable time as they celebrate the upcoming holiday."

A celebration will also be held in Spring Hope to ring in the Fourth.

The Chamber of Commerce and Little General Store are hosting the event, which will be held on July 4.

Donna Little, owner of Little General Store, said the event came about because she wanted to do a customer appreciation event for the community, along with something to celebrate the country.

Festivities will include live music by Travis Moss from 6 until 8 p.m. In addition, there will be food, drinks and ice cream at the Little General Store as well as snow cones from the Chamber.

Local businesses will be open for business as well.

The evening will conclude with a family friendly movie on the lawn at 7:30 p.m.

Social distancing will be required at the event, Little said.

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