Rocky Mount reschedules fireworks activities for Aug. 15

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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City officials have rescheduled the fireworks and activities that were canceled due to rain on 
July 3.

Rocky Mount Public Affairs Manager Tameka Kenan-Norman said the family-friendly celebration is now an End of Summer Celebration planned for Thursday, Aug. 15. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with inflatables for the kids, live music along with food and drink vendors on site at the Sports Complex.

The fireworks show will begin around 9 p.m.

“Because the inclement weather prevented us from having fireworks and seeing a live band on July 3, we decided an End of Summer Celebration would be best for residents and youth,” said Parks and Recreation Director Kelvin Yarrell.

Children in the Nash-Rocky Mount School System head back to classes Aug. 26, so officials said this event is a great opportunity for families to have fun before their schedules get hectic.

With PNC sponsoring the event, it is free with the exception of vendors charging for food and drinks.

The Tams will be the featured band at the event, playing a blend of smooth soul and R&B music for the crowd. The Tams also have been featured at various Downtown Live! celebrations this summer and in the past with hits such as “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,” “What Kind of Fool” and “Untie Me.”

“We encourage everyone to come out and to have a great time,” Yarrell said. “We have inundated the city with great events like Downtown Live!, Lawn Chair Theatre, the Rockin’ Classic Auto & Motorcycle Expo, Summer Night Lights and more, and this event will be just as exciting as the other events the city has initiated throughout the years.”

The End of Summer Celebration is a first for the city, but Yarrell said if it is successful, it is an event officials would consider making an annual tradition. For more information on the event, call 972-1151.