The City of Greenville will hold a Fourth of July celebration on the Town Common tomorrow from 3 to 10 p.m. with various vendors, live musical performances and a fireworks show.
Patricia Tyndall, the events coordinator for Greenville Parks and Recreation, said the bands will include Greenville’s own Six Pack Band at 3:30 p.m. who will be playing classic rock, blues and country, followed by The Radio Sparks who are based out of Greensboro and will be playing cover songs and “party tunes” at 6:30 p.m.
The music performances will lead up to the fireworks show, according to Tyndall.
According to Tyndall, six-year-old Kyla Rae Nixon will perform this year’s national anthem on stage, followed by a performance by Greenville’s Tim Ottinger singing his original work, the American Pledge and a rendition of “God Bless the USA.”
Vendors at the event will include Uncle Dave’s Kettle Korn, Sparky’s Snowballs, Robbie’s Clubhouse, Talent Wireless Inc., Big Earl’s Hallelujah Pork Skins, Pelican’s Snoballs, Jamerican Hotdogs, Kona Ice, Nulook Bounce, and Nulook Lemonade, according to Tyndall.
More vendors will include Dee Bee’s Ice Cream, ShaZam Wingz & Thingz, Quandra Moore Arts and Crafts, Gorham’s Cafe, East Carolina Italian Ice, Big Baby’s Food Truck and Sarah Setzco-Face Painting and Henna, Tyndall said.
Brock Letchworth, public information officer for the City of Greenville, said the food vendors will open up around 3 p.m. and live music will be held “off and on” from 3:30 to around 9 p.m. He said the fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m.
Letchworth said the Fourth of July celebration is a tradition the residents of Greenville and surrounding areas have attended for years, and he recommends people come enjoy the experience.
“It (the celebration) is a long-standing tradition here in the city, we tend to have people come from areas outside of Greenville to come for the fireworks,” Letchworth said. “It’s also a great place to watch a fireworks show because you’re right on the Town Common with the river and the scenery.”
According to Letchworth, there will be various street closures around the city during the celebration.
First Street will be closed in front of the Town Common to all vehicle traffic until pedestrian traffic has cleared and the Greene Street Bridge will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic at 9 p.m. for the fireworks. Letchworth said traffic will be diverted to South Pitt Street and the bridge will reopen at the end of the fireworks display.
Other street closures, according to Letchworth, will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow and include: First Street between Greene Street and Holly Street, Greene Street between Third Street and First Street, Washington Street between Third Street and First Street, Evans Street between Third Street and First Street, Cotanche Street between Third Street and First Street and Reade Circle between Third Street and First Street.
According to the City of Greenville’s Facebook page, attendees who need to leave north, across the Tar River, should try to park near Greene Street and people who need to leave toward the South should try to park near Evans, Cotanche or Washington Street.
Handicap parking is available in the Town Common parking lot and in the Willis Building parking lot. ECU will allow public parking in the parking lots along Reade Circle, south of Third Street beginning at noon, according to the Facebook page.
Ken Laws, criminal investigations bureau commander for the Greenville Police Department (GPD), said there will be specific traffic patterns directed by officers at the end of the event. He said GPD is asking people to be patient due to construction happening in Uptown.
Laws said other safety precautions being taken throughout the event will include not allowing pets or coolers and having officers present during the entire celebration.
“We have a contingency of officers assigned to the Town Common and surrounding area to provide a safe environment,” Laws said.
Laws said a licensed company has been hired to handle all fireworks. He said officers will be assigned to the area where the fireworks are set off and will ensure no one enters the zone where debris could fall, which will be roped off.