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Sports on the Fourth

Fireworks for three straight nights at Five County

The Carolina Mudcats are home against Lynchburg and Salem through the holiday week and fans can take in the game and get a postgame fireworks show for three consecutive nights.

Lynchburg will be at Five County finishing up a series Wednesday night at 7:15 for the first night of fireworks. Also on Wednesday, box seats are just $5 for military personnel (active or retired) and their families when they present a military ID when buying tickets.

On the Fourth and Friday night, Salem visits for games at 7:15. Fireworks follow both of those contests as well.

Sellouts are possible all three nights.

Free Fishing on the Fourth

Fishing for a fun and inexpensive way to celebrate Independence Day? The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission invites anglers and would-be anglers of all ages to go fishing – for free.

From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on July 4, everyone in North Carolina – residents and non-residents alike – can fish in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege.

Although no fishing license is required, all other fishing regulations, such as size and creel limits and lure restrictions, still apply.

Authorized by the N.C. General Assembly and started in 1994, North Carolina’s annual free fishing day always falls on the Fourth of July.

On all other days of the year, a fishing license is not required for anglers 15 years and younger, but anyone age 16 and older must have a fishing license to fish in any public water in North Carolina, including coastal waters. To purchase a license: call the Commission at 888-248-6834 or visit