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Fourth of July celebrations across Richmond County kick off Wednesday night with Plaza Jam’s third annual event of the season.

The North Tower Band will perform again at the free concert at Cole Plaza in Rockingham.

The July concert is usually held on the first Thursday of the month from May to October, but has been moved to Wednesday because the fourth day falls on a Thursday.

The band’s setlist includes a variety of rock, beach and R&B hits.

North Tower first performed as part of the series in 2019 and the band also played last year. Click here to see photos of the 2023 performance.

The Ellerbe Lions Club will host its annual Fourth of July Independence Day Jamboree on Thursday afternoon, featuring fireworks and the traditional watermelon race.

Click here to view photos from before the 2022 fireworks display.

Click here to see the 2022 fireworks.

Gates open at 4 p.m., and the opening ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Children under 12 are admitted free, and admission is $5 for everyone else. The Ellerbe Lions Club is also asking for donations to help cover costs.

Hamlet hosts its annual Independence Day celebration on July 5th.

The city’s previous fireworks vendor retired in 2023, moving the event up to the available date of July 1. Click here to see photos from 2023.

This year’s celebration will take place on July 5th. The fireworks display will be provided by Pyro Shows East Coast, based in Catawba, South Carolina.

The event will also feature food trucks and a chalk art contest at the Depot, as well as live music from the Rob Cole duo across the street at Main Street Park and the Hamlet Fire Department’s “Super Soaker.” There will also be food trucks at Hamlet City Lake.