State urges people to bag fireworks
Wildfire observers want North Carolina residents to ditch their personal fireworks this year in favor of public Fourth of July displays. Read the story for area celebration ideas!Posted — Updated
The state Division of Forest Resources said backyard fireworks trigger many wildfires around the holiday weekend that damage property and drain resources.
Wildfires have already burned nearly 70,000 acres this year – the highest total since 1986.
Thousands of cyclists planned to line up in Cary Friday morning for the 16th annual 4th of July Firecracker Ride. They'll ride either a 50K (31 miles) or a 100K (62 miles).
At the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, food, families and fun will go together like red, white and blue. Gates open at 2:30, and admission is free. A fireworks display starts at 9:15 p.m.
Cary will also have its annual fireworks at Booth Amphitheater.
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