A huge part of most holidays is the food! But on the Fourth of July, many people will be grilling and having picnics outside, which creates some special food risks. Here are a few important safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control. Wash your hands. Refrigerate any food you are marinating. Throw away or boil used marinade. Preheat charcoal until coated with ash, between 25 and 35 minutes, Don't put cooked food on plate that already held raw food. Cook meat to proper temperature.
For more tips and guidelines on how to keep food safe during summer cookouts and picnics, including what temperature you should cook specific meat to, click here .
Want to know how long you can safely keep food in your refrigerator or freezer and when you should throw them away? Click here to find out.
Fireworks displays will dazzle thousands across Eastern Carolina. Here are a few of the biggest shows:
Beaufort and Morehead City 9:30 p.m., July 4
Washington Waterfront 9 p.m., July 4
Union Point Park in New Bern 9:15 p.m., July 4
Greenville Town Common 9:15 p.m., July 4
Onslow Pines Park in Jacksonville at 9:15 p.m., July 4
Kinston, Grainger Stadium, July 5
Twenty-eight people will take their oaths of citizenship in Kinston today, representing 18 different countries. They have passed the requirements for citizenship. Could you? Click here to find out.