Festival and fireworks scheduled for Tuesday at city park

At Havelock’s Fourth of July Freedom Festival, residents can get their fill of fireworks, games – and pizza for those willing to try to scarf down a whole pie in about five minutes.

The pizza-eating contest is just one of the highlights of the annual festival that kicks off at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Havelock City Park.

“Come on out and enjoy the Freedom Festival because it is a lot of fun,” Havelock Commissioner Pete Van Vliet said. “It’s a lot of fun watching someone try to eat a whole pizza pie.”

The Freedom Festival is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Havelock City Park, with fireworks wrapping up the festivities at nearby Walter B. Jones Park around 9 p.m.

“Ours will be awesome as always,” Havelock Mayor Will Lewis said. “Our fireworks, not just biased, but I say we have some of the best fireworks in Eastern North Carolina, and I’ve seen just about all of them.”

The festival includes a variety of games and entertainment such as a Hula Hoop contest, pie eating contest, three-legged race and egg toss.

It will also include a variety of vendors providing various food and beverages.

Entertainers Megan McVickers and Amber Lewis are scheduled to perform during the event.

Headlining the entertainment will be a performance by the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from Cherry Point. Along with some patriotic music, the band will be performing a variety of popular tunes as well.

“We’ve got the 2nd MAW band this year,” Lewis said. “It will be a heck of a party.”

For more information on the Freedom Festival, contact the Havelock Parks and Recreation Department at 444-6429.