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Happy Birthday – America!

A trio of Roanoke-Chowan area towns are hosting events for those seeking to celebrate our nation’s independence.

The Town of Windsor will get a head start on the Independence Day tribute by staging an event July 3 at the Roanoke-Cashie River Center, located on US 17 Business near the Wilco Hess station.

Sponsored by the Windsor/Bertie Chamber of Commerce, gates open at 5 p.m. followed by entertainment, dancing, and food. Fireworks begin at dark.

Another annual event will be staged in Ahoskie where the town will host its traditional fireworks display beginning at 9:15 p.m. on Monday, July 4 at Hertford County High School.

The Ahoskie event also features music from the LowDown South Band, games and food. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Over in Jackson, the Northampton County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its inaugural 4th of July Celebration. That event will be held from 5 until 10:30 p.m. at the Northampton County Cultural and Wellness Center, located on NC 305 just north of Jackson.

Entertainment at that event includes the Willie Peebles Band (5:30-6:30 p.m.) followed at 7 p.m. with the Mighty Saints of Soul taking the stage – a group that includes three original members of the legendary Band of Oz.

Inflatables will be available for children to “bounce around” on the 4th.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, BBQ spare ribs, homemade ice cream, snow cones and soft drinks will be offered for sale by an array of local food vendors.

A large display of fireworks will fill the night sky at around 9:15 p.m.