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Fourth of July

National Guard specialist proposes to girlfriend during 440th Army Band performance

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video One couple had a night that they will never forget at the Fourth of July celebration in downtown Wilmington. Full story...
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Coast Guard warns boaters to stay off water

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videoThe Fourth of July weekend is popular among boaters. But this year, the Coast Guard is urging mariners to stay off the water. As Tropical Storm Arthur approaches North Carolina, the Coast Guard says it is making preparations with FEMA, government officials, and the National Weather Service. Full story...
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UPDATE: Wilmington approves $30,000 for fireworks show

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videoThe Wilmington City Council approved a $30,000 budget Tuesday night for the 4th of July fireworks show. Full story...
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Everything you need to know for Downtown Wilmington fireworks

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videoPlanning on heading downtown for the 4th of July? Here is all the information you need to help you enjoy the fireworks Thursday starting at 9:05 p.m. Full story...
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Currie celebrates unity of community, country

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The day to celebrate our country's independence is just days away, but some folks got an early start this weekend. Full story...
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Operation Firecracker results released

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State and local police across North Carolina made nearly 1,200 arrests for drunken driving offenses during the July Fourth holiday period. Full story...
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Wilmington's 4th of July... It's a blast!!

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video Check out Wilmington's Fourth of July fireworks celebration. The weather was perfect. The fireworks were impressive. Click play video to see our report from Monday night. Full story...
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Sunset Harbor parade celebrates community and country

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It seems July Fourth celebrations would not be complete without a parade, and many places around our area agree. Sunset Harbor residents held their second ever July Fourth Parade Saturday to celebrate their community and our country. Full story...
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Pender County Commission approves fireworks despite raging wildfires

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video Although 22,000 acres are still on fire in Pender County as of Monday evening, some folks say the show must go on. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Holiday fireworks a go around the area this weekend

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video When you think of 4th of July, most likely the first thing that pops in your mind is fireworks. But with dry conditions and wildfires across the area, a lot of people are worried the big fireworks shows across the Cape Fear may be canceled. Full story...
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NCDOT aims to help travelers save time and money over July 4 holiday

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As the summer travel season continues, the NC Department of Transportation is taking steps to help motorists save both time and money by suspending most road construction activities on major routes across the state. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations more quickly while also cutting down on fuel consumption and costs. Full story...
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Holiday foot traffic helps some downtown Wilmington businesses

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Thousands of people flocked to downtown Wilmington Saturday for the Independence Day fireworks. That included the many tourists who were in town for the holiday weekend. All the foot traffic downtown translated into dollars for businesses. Full story...
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Preparations continue as Battleship Blast excitement grows

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videoSaturday night many of us will look to the skies to celebrate the Fourth of July. Friday, WWAY's Joe Mauceri took a look at the work that goes into getting ready for the nation's birthday. Full story...
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Southport festival warms up for Fourth celebrations

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videoThe sounds of the Brunswick Big Band soothed the crowd on the first night of the 37th Annual North Carolina Fourth of July Festival. Forty to fifty thousand people are expected to attend this year's festivities. Full story...
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Many getting a big bang out of crossing state lines

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videoFor many people, fireworks and the Fourth of July go together like peanut butter and jelly. Only a few types of fireworks are legal in the Tar Heel State, so many North Carolinians are heading south of the border to stock up on fireworks. Full story...
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