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Johnston County towns plan Fourth fireworks displays

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Fireworks displays are planned in Smithfield, Selma, Kenly and Pine Level to celebrate Independence Day.


Smithfield gets an early start on Fourth of July by holding its annual fireworks display at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Prior to the fireworks show, crafts, relays, sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, hula hoops, face painting and other activities will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. The festivities are on South Third Street. There will be music from the Carolina Soul Band.


The town of Selma will hold its annual Fourth of July All-American Festival at 6 p.m. July 4 on Raiford Street in front of Town Hall with commercial and food vendors at the festival grounds along with free children’s activities, watermelon slices, Tommy The Train rides and “The Switch” live on stage.

Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m.


Kenly’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display will again be a joint effort between the town of Kenly and Kenly 95 Petro truck stop at Interstate 95’s Exit 106 where the event will be held.

The fireworks show begins around 9 p.m. July 4. A DJ will be playing music beginning at 7 p.m. and games will be set up for kids.

Visitors are also invited to visit the truck stop that will be open all day, according to Kenly 95 Petro general manager Ernie Brame.

“We appreciate the town of Kenly partnering with us to bring the fireworks show to the citizens of our area,” said Brame. “We hope everyone can come out and enjoy the event. This is one way we can say thank you to the citizens of Kenly.”

No rainout date is scheduled in case of inclement weather.

Pine Level

The town of Pine Level will hold its annual Fourth of July celebration at 5 p.m. July 4 at Sam Godwin Recreational Park.

Activities will begin with carnival-style concessions and inflatables as part of the package.

The day’s festivities come to a sparkling conclusion “shortly after 9 p.m. or just as soon as it gets dark enough,” according to Pine Level Parks and Recreation Director Scottie Hayes.

“East Coast Pyrotechnics, who has done the fireworks in the past and has done a good job, will be doing it again,” said Hayes.

Plenty of parking is expected to be available around the park and visitors are encouraged to use caution when driving in the area as there will be lots of foot traffic.

The show will be canceled in the event of rain.