Greenville Jaycees host July Fourth celebration; raise money for charity

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Hundreds of people have turned out at the Greenville Town Commons for the 46th annual Greenville Jaycees 4th of July Celebration.

The event has food vendors, music, games, inflatables and of course, fireworks.

A portion of all money made will go to Aces for Autism, a Greenville-based non-profit organization benefiting families affected by autism.

Back in 2016, the group began providing center-based services providing doctor-prescribed, evidence-based therapies.

“This benefits children across eastern North Carolina,” said volunteer Jason Coale. “Aces for Autism serves 22 counties nobody east of 95 is doing things this organization is doing and they need to grow to fit the need around them so we are just wanting to help them do that.”

Vendor Lindsey Moore said she wouldn’t spend the holiday any other way.

“Means a lot,” said Moore. “You get to see different people coming through. I mean, you can go somewhere on vacation anyway, might as well be here working, making money, doing what you love, cooking.”

The Wooten family brought 70 bags of skins and 40 bags of cracklins to sell at their vending tent, Hallelujah Skins.

“They taste so good, make you should Hallelujah!,” said Earl Wooten.

They come from Pinetops, and it is their second year coming to the Jaycees Fourth of July festival after finding success last year.

“Nothing like it,” said Wooten. “I look forward to this day.”

The fireworks are set to go off around 9:15 p.m. and the event will happen rain or shine.

9OYS is a proud sponsor of the celebration.

Click here for the full schedule and here for a list of Fourth of July events across the region.

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