Independence Day celebrations across eastern Wake County last week were impressive to say the least.
The Carolina Mudcats, who provide the de facto celebration in Zebulon each year with a big fireworks display after the July 4th ball game, have the most experience celebrating the holiday.
This year’s show was well done and the large crowd left satsified with their experience and a considerable dose of patriotism.
In Wendell, members of the Historical Society opted to honor as many veterans as they could. In additon to the traditional children’s parade, veterans provided a color guard and many rode in the parade in cars or in a large transport truck that belongs to the local American Legion post. After the parade, the grounds of the J. Ashley Wall Towne Square were packed to the gills with people – the honored veterans and hundreds more.
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Under the gazebo, a display of photographs of veterans drew large and steady crowds.
The group’s decision to honor the veterans was a brilliant one, even if we don’t typically think of July 4th as a time to honor veterans. It’s not a leap to realize that veterans won the country’s freedom and kept it intact for more than 200 years.
Knightdale finally got into the Independence Day action this year for the first time. It has, admittedly, been a bit unusual to see Knightdale trying to keep pace with other towns in eastern Wake County. But the Friday night celebration brought hundreds, if not thousands, of people out to celebrate.
Knightdale leaders earned our appreciation for the effort they put into making the town’s inaugural event one worth attending. Like their counterparts in Wendell and Zebulon, they hit a home run.
Wherever you turned Friday, eastern Wake County was celebrating. And that’s how it should be.