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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thousands of people took to the streets of downtown Wilmington to celebrate Independence Day.

Food, music, fun and of course fireworks made up the 17th Annual Battleship Blast.

The streets of downtown Wilmington were overflowing with red, white and blue.

“We’ve been coming here for 7 years and absolutely love the fireworks here,” said Carolyn Johnson.

Johnson and her family waited for nearly 4 hours so they could have the perfect view.

“We just like being here and seeing all the crowds, the people and the food. It’s a great place to come for the fireworks,” said Johnson.

As people settled in for the fireworks display, some people were reminded that this years fireworks almost didn’t happen. A good Samaritan stepped in and picked up part of the bill.

“This man knew that we were struggling here locally and decided that he wanted to donate money to make the show happened,” said Mayor Bill Saffo.

Businessman Henry Johnston made the donation for the fireworks in honor of his wife, who died in March.

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