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Arthur not enough to keep some new citizens from big day

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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) -- Organizers canceled events for the NC 4th of July Festival today in Southport due to the impact of Hurricane Arthur. They hope to continue the festival on schedule tomorrow.

Among today's events that were canceled is the annual naturalization ceremony, where dozens of new Americans take their oath of citizenship. But some of those new citizens still got to have their special moment.

Organizers canceled the ceremony this morning, but they knew not everyone traveling to Southport for it would get the word, so they kept the doors open. As folks arrived, they were sworn in individually in time to celebrate America's birthday tomorrow as full-fledged citizens.

Tomorrow's events are highlighted by a parade at 11 a.m. and fireworks along the waterfront at 9 p.m.

During a news briefing in Raleigh this morning, Gov. Pat McCrory says he still plans to come to Southport tomorrow to take part in the parade.

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