City to hold End of Summer Celebration

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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After thunderstorms canceled the city’s 43rd Annual Independence Celebration, organizers for the End of Summer Celebration are hoping for sunny skies Tuesday.

“We’re looking forward to the event and praying for good weather,” Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Director Kelvin Yarrell said. The free family-friendly event will kick off at 6 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex with inflatables, food, vendors, live music and more. The End of Summer Celebration will culminate with a fireworks extravaganza starting just after 9 p.m.

“This event is our rescheduled July 3rd event transformed into a fun event to mark summer winding down,” Yarrell said. “The event is an opportunity to celebrate the end of summer and back to school with entertainment, kids activities, give-aways, music and, of course, fireworks. It is a great opportunity for families to get together and have fun.”

There will be a climbing wall, a bounce house and other inflatables, games for kids while the CoCo LoCo Party Band and Carolina Soul Band will play top 40 music and songs from all sorts of genres of music.

“We’ll have a variety of vendors selling funnel cakes and snow cones and ice cream,” Yarrell said. “We’ll have drinks, pizza, Chick-Fil-A and others that’ll be on-site to serve the 3,000 to 6,000 people who are expected to attend.”

Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets into the Municipal Stadium for the North Carolina Wesleyan College Battling Bishops where all of the fun will take place. Bug spray and sunblock are recommended as well.

“This event is just a great opportunity for folks to get together one last time before the summer ends and the kids go back to school,” Yarrell said. “Oh, and it is absolutely free, so that is great, too.”