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4th of July

NC National Guard troops welcomed home on holiday

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More than 100 North Carolina National Guard members are returning home on Independence Day to reunite with their family members after being separated for a year. Full story...
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Mid-week holiday crowds big boost for beach businesses

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video It's no secret that on Independence Day many locals and vacationers make their way to the beach. What may be surprising is how much businesses there rely on the influx of people. Full story...
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Southport continues centuries old celebration

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video Southport is famous for its Independence Day celebration. The North Carolina 4th of July Festival traces its origins back to the late 1700s, and it is thought to be one of the oldest celebrations of its kind in the Tar Heel State. Full story...
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Veterans honored during ceremony at Wilmington National Cemetery

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The real meaning of the 4th of July was on display this morning at Wilmington National Cemetery. That's where the New Hanover County Veterans Council held its annual Independence Day Ceremony. Full story...
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Parking, traffic info for Wilmington fireworks

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Heading downtown tonight for the big Battleship Blast fireworks show? The City of Wilmington has some important information about the festivities, as well as traffic and parking. Full story...
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Chestnut wins 6th straight title, downs 68 dogs

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Joey Chestnut won his sixth straight Coney Island hot dog eating contest. The San Jose, CA, man known as "Jaws" scarfed down 68 hot dogs and buns to win Wednesday in Brooklyn. Full story...
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On this Independence Day, a reminder of where it all started

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videoOn July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia officially adopted the edited and final version of the Declaration of Independence. For most of us, the annual celebration of this momentous day in American and world history is about fun, food and fireworks. But it's worth taking some time to see what our Founding Fathers put their names to. Full story...
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Folks gather at Carolina Beach for family fun and fireworks

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People from around the Cape Fear converged on Carolina Beach Tuesday night to kick off Independence Day one day early. Full story...
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Fireworks, festivals, fun mark Independence Day across the Cape Fear

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video There's plenty of fun to be had across the Cape Fear in honor of the 236th birthday of our country's independence on the 4th of July. Full story...
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New Hanover Co. Veterans Council hosts Independence Day event

For many, it's tradition to mark the Fourth of July with fireworks and family barbecues. Along with those activities, you can take part in several events marking the day of our country's independence. Co-chair of the New Hanover County Veterans Council Frank Roberts stopped by this week to tell us about what's happening tomorrow.

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Randy to the Rescue: NC 4th of July Festival Art

Southport certainly takes Independence Day seriously, hosting the annual North Carolina 4th of July Festival. Southport native and WWAY design guru Randy Aldridge stopped by the festival to check out what the local artists have to offer this year.

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Sen. Hagan talks farms, Obama and the 4th

About a week after the senate passed the 2012 farm bill in a 64-35 vote, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) stopped by the WWAY studio to explain how the bill will impact North Carolinians. She spoke with "Good Morning Carolina" anchor Ashley Jacobs this morning about that and more.

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Senior Center honors Independence Day, military early

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video Independence Day came a day early for at the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center, where they held an Independence Day Celebration today to not only celebrate, but to honor those who gave it all. Full story...
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Wilmington Patriotic Concert changes venue due to heat

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The Wilmington Patriotic Concert scheduled for Sunday at 8 p.m. on the riverfront downtown is changing locations. Full story...
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Blazing temperatures could impact Southport festival activities

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The annual NC 4th of July Festival kicks off tomorrow in Southport with a slew of different activities, including a firefighter's competition. Though they won't be fighting any fire, they will be battling some extreme heat all afternoon. Full story...
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