WILMINGTON — Wilmington’s Fun on the Fourth celebration starts this year on Wednesday, July 3.
Chairman of the July 4th Committee Scott Garrant said, “The committee is excited to bring the celebration to Wilmington for the 39th year!”
They’re expecting great weather and a great turnout from July 3-6 for the celebration.
According to the Fun on the Fourth website, Thursday’s events include a dinner, a performance by “Groove Experience,” and games of horseshoe and Kanjam. This is the first time the committee is putting Kanjam on the schedule. They’re also excited for updates to the Firecracker 5k including a timing company and rewards in the form of t-shirts and medals for early registration. There will also be a blueberry pie-eating contest to end opening night of the festivities.
July 4 will be Family Day this year. After the 9 a.m. bike parade, some of the activities planned for one of the town’s biggest days of the year are the opening ceremonies, a bike raffle, a magic show, and a long list of competitive games. Residents can partake in a wiffle ball game, a hula-hoop contest, the baby crawl, tug of war, 3-legged race, balloon toss, the limbo contest, and the bucket brigade throughout the morning. The carnival will be open from noon until 10 p.m., with a $15 wristband in effect until 6 p.m. Back by popular demand is a cornhole tournament starting at 6 p.m. along with a performance by the Katrina Marie Band.
On Friday, the carnival continues as normal with special events later at night. There will be games of ladder golf and horseshoe and a hospital bed race. A performance from Haywire starts at 6 p.m. and the ladies’ 2-mile walk begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Spectacular Fireworks will be on Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. following opening ceremonies — and should it rain, the fireworks will be on Sunday night. There will be more raffles and a performance by the Windham Community Band from 7:30 to 10 p.m. More information, registration forms, sponsors, schedules, and volunteer info can be found at funonthefourth.com.
Scott Garrant shared that he looks forward to “seeing all of the smiles as we enjoy the opportunity to come together as a community.”
In the meantime, the Fourth of July Headquarters will be open for the purchasing of meal tickets, merchandise, and registering for free events. They’ll only be accepting payment in the form of checks and cash. The July 4th Committee would also like to remind residents that only blankets and chairs should be placed on the common and there is no smoking and no pets allowed.