Greenville prepares to welcome thousands for July 4th celebration

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Independence Day celebrations across the East kick off Monday, including Greenville’s 45th annual event put on by the Jaycees and the city.

Organizers expect about 20,000 people to crowd Town Common for the event.

Food, games, and activities for the kids kick off at 2 p.m. Music performances start at 3 p.m. The beer garden opens at 4 p.m. Fireworks will light up the sky when it gets dark out around 9:15 p.m.

It’s free to get in, but some activities do cost money. Half of all proceeds will benefit local nonprofit Aces for Autism.

“It’s important for us as a community group to make sure that we give back. Everything that we do is volunteer based and we want to make sure that everything that is given in the community gets back to the community,” said Sonni Minton with the Greenville Jaycees.

People heading out to the festivities are hoping rain won’t dampen their spirits. Yet, Minton says they’re prepared.

“As long as it is not lightning, the show will go on. So typical North Carolina, it’ll storm probably in the afternoon for about an hour or so and then it’ll move out. So as far as rain or shine, fireworks are going to happen,” Minton said.

Extra Greenville Police officers will be on hand. They’ll also be posting live updates throughout the day to keep event-goers up-to-date on any pertinent information including missing children, lost and found belongings, and emergency communications. For updates, follow GPD on Twitter at @GreenvillePD and on Facebook at Greenville, NC Police Department.

Pets, coolers, and alcohol are not allowed. Streets will be closed between First and Third and Reade and Greene.

For more information, head to the Greenville Jaycees’ website.

Click here to find a full list of Independence Day events happening throughout the East.

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