And with this year's Fourth festivities finished, several readers asked the question about why the town's carnival packed up and left town a day before the actual Fourth of July holiday.
Wilmington Fourth of July Committee chairman Scott Garrant provided the answer.
"The carnival was not open on July 4th as the Fun on Fourth Celebration ended on the morning of the 4th," said Garrant. "Had the July 3 fireworks display been postponed to July 4th, the carnival would have remained. Historically, July 4th is not a busy day for the carnival since many families host or attend cookouts or other gatherings."
Garrant said there is another factor as well. Recently enacted state laws require carnivals to be inspected every time they set up in a location.
"In order to account for this requirement, carnivals now try to be fully set-up the day before they open to the public," said Garrant. "Moving on to the next location sooner rather than later allows for the carnival to set up and schedule inspections."