Independence Day

Fireworks at a Fort Bragg July 4th Independence Day celebration in 2008.
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Independence Day celebrations are underway across North Carolina.

Gov. Pat McCrory rode in a parade Thursday morning in the small Rowan County town of Faith, where organizers were expecting 30,000 people. 

Old Salem hosted a naturalization ceremony last year on Independence Day as well.
Old Salem Museum and Gardens

Old Salem Museums and Gardens is hosting a naturalization ceremony today. The museum says the site of the ceremony is the same spot where the first official July 4th celebration in the country took place in 1783.

Luis Lobo will give the keynote speech at Thursday's naturalization ceremony, which is conducted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Lobo himself was naturalized twelve years ago. He says it makes perfect sense to hold the event at Old Salem on the 4th of July.

Fireworks at a Fort Bragg July 4th Independence Day celebration in 2008.
Susan Smith / Flickr Creative Commons

Ft. Bragg has canceled their annual 4th of July fireworks show, due to sequestration cuts. Officials there say they just couldn't handle the $80,000 in overtime costs for the annual show. People in the area organized to donate money to save the event, but any donations sent to Ft. Bragg can't be earmarked to one specific program, like the fireworks.

A new park honoring all members of the military opens Monday in Fayetteville. A dedication ceremony for the North Carolina Veterans' State Park is scheduled for 10 a.m. on the Fourth of July. Jennifer Lowe works for the city of Fayetteville. She says among the displays is the "Oath Wall" which features the raised hands of military members taking the enlistment oath.