One of the most festive holidays of the year is just around the corner. Independence Day, which every calls the Fourth of July, is a week from Friday.
Most folks get the day off, so if you're looking for something to fill that extra time off, you've got plenty of options. The folks in Archer Lodge start the day off with activities all day long. They begin the day with a road race at 8:30 followed by a children's parade at 11 a.m. Free kids games start at 11:30 a.m., which, coincidentally, is the same time they start serving free homemade ice cream.
Barbecue lunch plates will be for sale for just $7 until 2 p.m., then its back to the fun and games.
July 4 doesn't end in Archer Lodge until the fireworks display is over that night. You can make a full day of it.
In Wendell, the Fourth of July is making a return. Thanks to Nora Cambiere and the members of the Wendell Historical Society, Wendell folks can celebrate the holiday without leaving town. Events begin at 4 p.m. at Main and Depot streets with the unveiling of a historical marker. A children's parade will move the show from there to the J. Ashley Wall Towne Square where there will be refreshments for everyone.
Zebulon gets into the act after the Mudcats game that night. Fireworks are an every Friday night occurence, but they go all out on the Fourth. If you're not going to see the fireworks in Archer Lodge, consider making the trip up NC 39, take in a ball game and watch the show afterward. It doesn't get much more American than that.