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Finding fireworks for the Fourth: Independence Day celebrations can be found around the county

Fireworks will be bursting in the night sky July 3 and July 4 during the displays in the Mount Airy community, at the Carroll County Farm Museum and at the Manchester volunteer fire company carnival.

Mount Airy's fireworks display, in its second year, is back with a bang this year, according to Ben Golueke, owner of Mt. Airy Liquors and committee member for organizing the fireworks display. There will be 50 percent more fireworks provided by Zambelli Fireworks, two bands, seven food vendors - compared to three last year, four desert vendors - compared to two last year, 25 port-a-pots and more security than last year, Golueke said.

Local bands Outta the Blue and Hot Tub Limo will perform during the event starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 3, and fireworks will begin at sundown. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs and lawn games, and enjoy the festivities of the free event, according to a news release from the town of Mount Airy.

Golueke and Chris Coleman, the owner of Mount Airy Eyecare, started the Mount Airy fireworks display last year to do something for the local community, Golueke said.

"Growing up, you always wanted to have that place where you went every year to watch the fireworks and I want my kids to remember the fireworks in Mount Airy," Golueke said. "It is a good feeling when you can watch the fireworks with your kids only one minute away from home."

A not-so-new way to celebrate Independence Day will take place at the Carroll County Farm Museum's annual Old Fashioned July 4 Celebration and fireworks display on Friday, July 4. Starting at 11 a.m., festivities will take places throughout the day culminating in fireworks in the evening.

Admission is $5 per person and $10 per car load until 5 p.m., when the Kiwanis Club of Westminster takes over for the duration for the night when admission will be $5 per car load, according to Bonnie Hood, event coordinator for the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Fireworks provided by the Kiwanis Club will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Throughout the day, there will be numerous events to take part in such as games and a moon bounce for children, a magician and balloon animal artist, caricature drawings, performances from Beach Bumz and Standard Delivery and an act from Jerry Brown and his monkey, Django, Hood said. Food and crafts will be for sale during the day.

"It is nice that the people of Carroll County can help the Kiwanis Club to keep this event going each year," Hood said.

As one of their more popular days at the carnival, the Manchester volunteer fire company will host their firework display on at 10 p.m. July 3 with a rain date on July 4, according to Bill Black, chairman of the carnival.

Fireworks will be provided by Fireworks Extravaganza and there will be a performance from Boot Leg, a classic rock band, providing entertainment for the night in addition to the usual carnival festivities, Black said. Food and drinks will be sold throughout the night.

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