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Windsor switches fireworks event to Saturday

WINDSOR – A rainy Friday forecast is changing holiday plans in Windsor. The fireworks event originally scheduled for a day earlier will now be held on Saturday, July 3 at the Roanoke Cashie River Center.

Windsor-Bertie Chamber of Commerce Director Lewis Hoggard said much of the event will remain the same, minus the change in date. Vendors will still open up around 5 p.m. and the fireworks are scheduled to begin at dark around 9:30 p.m.

“The fireworks company said they did not see a window to set up fireworks [on Friday] to shoot them off because of the rain,” Hoggard explained.

The company, he said, needed more than two hours to set up, and the sporadic rain forecast couldn’t guarantee that much time.

“But they could do it on Saturday night,” he continued.

The scheduled DJ and band for Friday evening had other commitments on Saturday, but Hoggard told the News Herald on Friday they were working to secure other entertainment for Saturday’s event.

Two other local events that feature fireworks are also scheduled.

Northampton County’s annual Fourth of July event will be held from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, July 3 at the Cultural and Wellness Center in Jackson. The fireworks show by Grand Illusions is scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m.

North Tower Band will provide a variety of music including beach, Motown, disco, funk, and rock. Local radio personality Jay Jenkins will serve as the emcee.

The event is co-sponsored by the Northampton Chamber of Commerce, Northampton County Tourism, and Northampton County Government and Municipalities.

Masks are not required at this outdoor event.

Chamber Director Judy Collier said there will be several vendors this year. Attendees will have a variety of food options to choose from including burgers, hotdogs, fish, barbecue, fried oreos, funnel cakes, ice cream, candy apples, and much more.

To round out the weekend of events, the Town of Ahoskie’s fireworks show will be held at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 4 at Hertford County High School.

“We have over 900 fireworks that’s going to be shot off from the high school. It’ll probably be around a 30-minute show,” said Town Manager Kerry McDuffie.

The Ahoskie Tourism and Development Authority is funding the event.