Twin Counties residents staying close to home this holiday weekend have lots of ways to celebrate America’s birthday.
Towns in both counties will celebrate Independence Day, beginning at noon Saturday in Castalia with a program honoring America’s servicemen and women at Smalltown USA. From there, the town will hold its annual Independence Day parade at 2 p.m. on Main Street.
Brake Tyme Bank, Faye Vick and Ronnie Ezzell, who will also serve as the festival’s emcee, will offer musical entertainment beginning at 4 p.m. and will perform until 9:15 p.m., when the fireworks are currently scheduled to fly.
The festivities continue Monday with two more free events across the Twin Counties. Rocky Mount will hold its 46th annual Independence Day celebration beginning at 6 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex at 600 Independence Drive for Nash and Edgecombe county residents.
Raleigh-based band Swivel Hip opens at 6 p.m. Local resident Dina Davis will sing the National Anthem and musical act Charlie will play until 9:15 p.m., when the fireworks are scheduled to light up the sky.
The festival will also feature inflatable attractions for children and vendors offering sweet and savory treats for the whole family. Susan Phelps, Rocky Mount special events coordinator, invited residents and visitors to attend the event.
“We’re hoping everyone will come out for a family-friendly good time,” Phelps said. “It’s a great way to celebrate our country’s freedom and our city’s 150th anniversary.”
Edgecombe County residents not able to make it to Rocky Mount can head to Macclesfield for its festival, which has been held for more than 15 years. The party begins at 5 p.m. at the Women’s Club Park, which is in the center of the town.
It’s A Zoo Life will have a free petting zoo and Abrams Bar-B-Q & Seafood will bring food and amusements. Musical act Still Standing will offer entertainment.
The party continues Tuesday at noon in Rocky Mount at Black Cat Harley Davidson on 928 North Winstead Ave. The store will have free hot dogs, chips and drinks while supplies last.
Englewood Baptist Church at 1350 South Winstead Ave. will present its annual celebration at 5 p.m. It will feature plenty of family-friendly music, activities, games and concessions.
Tarboro rounds out the region’s Independence Day celebrations Tuesday night beginning at 6 p.m. at Braswell Park. Fireworks are scheduled to start at 9:15 p.m. with lots of entertainment for the whole family before hand.