Fireworks to cap festival around 9 p.m.

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Havelock's Freedom Festival to celebrate the Fourth of July is set to begin at 5 p.m. Thursday at Havelock City Park, with a 25-minute fireworks display capping the event around 9 p.m.

Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 at 19:17 PM.

It’s going to be finale after finale after finale at Havelock’s Freedom Festival fireworks display this Fourth of July.

"It’s one of the larger displays in Eastern North Carolina," said Chris Moncourtios, owner of Class A Services of Stella. Moncourtois is in his 10th year lighting the sky on the Fourth of July in Havelock.

The 9 p.m. show caps an evening of fun at Havelock City Park and Walter B. Jones Park on Thursday.

Moncourtios said there would be four elements to the Havelock fireworks display.

"One is kind of an oxymoron, but basically it’s a final finale for an opener," he said. "We always start the fireworks display with a miniature final finale that will end with salutes. That’s the thing that goes boom, boom, boom.

"And then from there we go right to the body of the display, which are the individual shells, but we have little miniature finales called cakes that we add along with the body. Cakes are a very rapid firing, normally a 100- to 150-shot finale with certain effects to it. That way you have a display that’s very interesting and very high in the sky, with four-, five- and six-inch shells, and you also have something going on at a lower level as well. The last part is, of course, the final finale."

Moncourtios said about 1,000 shells would be fired up to 700 feet high during the 25-minute show, which is scheduled to lift off in the empty field behind the Havelock Police Department. He said several of the fireworks will be new to the Havelock display this year.



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