All eyes were to the sky Wednesday night in Washington and New Bern for Independence Day fireworks displays.
In Washington, fireworks went off on schedule at 9:15 along the Stewart Parkway over the water. It capped a day of activities there, including a concert by Spare Change, a patriotic boat parade, cornhole tournament, and a hot dog eating contest. People also lined Highway 17 on foot and in their cars to get a glimpse of the action.
A full day of events in New Bern concluded with a spectacular fireworks display. Events kicked off Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. with a 5K race and 1 mile fun run. Kids enjoyed bounce houses, a giant slide and obstacle courses at Lawson Creek Park and even a misting tent to help keep cool.
The Declaration of Independence was read at 7:00 p.m. followed by patriotic music. Fireworks kicked off around 9 p-m.