Have fun, and be safe on July 4th

Published 11:33 am Saturday, July 2, 2016

If watching colorful explosions of light in the nighttime air and foot-stomping music is “your thing” – then there are plenty of opportunities to engage yourself in those types of social gatherings over the next 48 hours.

On Sunday in Windsor, mosey on down to the Roanoke-Cashie River Center where “7100” and “Cuz’n Kirk and his Blues Band” will perform beginning at 4 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk. And be sure to patronize the vendors on site.

One day later, July 4, there are a pair of Independence Day tributes to choose from here in the Roanoke-Chowan area.

At the Ahoskie Creek Recreational Complex, the smell of hot dogs grilled over an open flame will fill the air while the sound of the Moonshine Band will get your feet moving. Just after sunset, look skyward as the Town of Ahoskie sponsors its annual fireworks display.

On the same afternoon/evening at the Cultural & Wellness Center in Jackson, the Northampton County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual July 4th Fireworks Spectacular. That event will also feature plenty of food vendors, rides for the children and music from Steve Owens and Summertime.

But whatever destination you choose during this traditionally festive weekend, be sure to be extra cautious on the road and our local waterways. Law enforcement agencies from throughout the Roanoke-Chowan area have promised to be out in full force….not to prevent us from having a good time in celebration of our nation’s 240th birthday, but rather to ensure that we follow the rules by not choosing to drink and drive and not texting while driving.

Drivers can also use common sense on the road by making sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up. The last thing we need on this day of celebrating our freedom and commemorating the sacrifices we’ve made to attain liberty and justice for all is more death and destruction on our highways.

And those planning to enjoy the Fourth with a bang should remember to be very careful with fireworks.

Children should not be allowed to handle fireworks without close adult supervision and a good supply of water should be handy in case an errant spark ignites something.

Forest Rangers and volunteer firefighters would also like to enjoy a day off to celebrate Independence Day, so for their sake and the sake of all those living around you, do not use fireworks in an area that might catch fire.

Be careful with your outdoor cooking grills as well. Don’t leave them unattended and do not dump hot ashes on the ground unless you’re going to take the time to ensure every spark of fire is out.

As you celebrate the Fourth of July holiday on Monday with your loved ones, keep in mind the historic nature of this day and what it means to every citizen of this great nation. Keep that legacy alive by enjoying and celebrating this day by utilizing common sense and a keen sense for “safety first”.

– The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald