are already under way in Raleigh at the state Capitol.
The Raleigh Concert Band kicked off the celebration Friday morning as dozens of families arrived to celebrate the country's independence. For some visitors, the celebrations are especially meaningful.
Susie Stewart is celebrating with her husband, who is part of the 2nd Corps Service Support at Camp Lejuene. He is back in North Carolina after spending three months in Kuwait.
"We are here to support the freedom of what is going on and what they did over in Kuwait for us," she said.
This year, the Raleigh celebration is on a smaller scale due to budget cuts, but there is still plenty to do. Vendors and bands are on hand. Plus, officials will have guided tours of the Capitol. A reading of the Declaration of Independence is also planned.
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