Uptown Greenville celebrates Independence Day

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville celebrates Independence Day Friday with a day full of events expected to draw nearly 20 thousand people.

It’s the 44th year for the celebration put on by the Greenville Jaycees and the City of Greenville.

Officials told WNCT that donations helped cover the costs which totaled around $15,000.

New this year, they’ve added kayak and paddle boat rentals on the Tar River.

When the sun goes down, the fireworks will go up. That should happen around 9:15 p.m.

Bill Schroeder, president of the Jaycees, said the fireworks company told them that it would cost more to celebrate on July 4. Zamelli Fireworks has to have all the crew licensed to operate the fireworks.

“Every single person on the crew has to be licensed and it really limits how many people or how many firework displays they have available to shoot off on a specific day,” said Schroeder.

Vendors are split on working a day earlier.

“We came last year and there was a lot of people here and i honestly think it will be the same amount,” said Kylie Smith, a vendor. “Anytime you see fireworks people will come to.”

Every year, the Jaycees donate proceeds from this event to charity. This year, it’ll benefit Aces for Autism and Restore One.

Ashton Thomason with the Greenville Jaycees says this year will be bigger and better than ever before.

“Every year for this event, we try to find a way to grow somehow. We want to make sure that we’re offering new things for the community. We want to make sure that people are excited about being able to celebrate Independence Day in their own community,” Thomason said.

Some things to keep in mind before you come out: pets, coolers, and alcohol are not allowed.

Also be aware of street closures between First and Third streets and Reade and Greene streets.

We want to see how you’re celebrating Independence Day across the East this weekend. Send us your pictures on Facebook.

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