Editorial: Celebrating freedom on the Fourth - or Fifth

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 04:56 PM.

As it turned out, the Freedom Festival probably could have been on Friday, but clearly officials could not have guessed that Arthur would cause so little damage. And, judging by the huge crowd that turned out on Saturday, the one-day delay had no effect on the event, the festivities or the mood of all those attending.

Havelock’s Independence Day celebration is unique. It’s not just fireworks. It’s a whole afternoon of games and entertainment. The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest may get all the national publicity, but we’d put Havelock’s Fourth of July pie-eating contest up against it any day. The contestants have fun with it, and the crowd really gets into the competition.

Of course, there are sack races, egg relay races and a Hula Hoop contest, all of which may be old-fashion to some, but they offer quite the entertainment value to all the participants and their parents. And don’t get us wrong. We see quite a few parents out there participating as well.

This year also marked a performance by the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band at Cherry Point, and what a performance it was. The band certainly highlighted the festival with a variety of entertaining music. Who knew that Marines could sing like that?

The band played for two hours and set the stage for the fireworks show at Walter B. Jones Park. Children were busy playing with sparkles but instantly turned to the sky as the first salvo of the show went off.

We’re happy Arthur did not cause more problems than it did. We’re happy for the many vendors who provided drinks and food at the Freedom Festival. We’re happy the 2nd MAW band provided such great entertainment. We’re happy so many people came out to the festival to celebrate the Fourth of July, even if the celebration took place on the Fifth.

It just goes to show that there is no bad day to celebrate our freedom.

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