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Looking Back at Wilmington Fourth Festivities

Patch had you covered throughout Fourth of July week, so be sure to check out all of the fun in case you missed anything.

The Fourth of July has now passed in Wilmington, but it's not too late to enjoy the festivities. Wilmington Patch was around throughout the week, and you can relive the Independence Day celebration by checking out all the articles from the week.

Activities started on Friday as the . The sun was shining and residents lined up right at the opening of the event to get their tickets for the carnival.

Not everything went as planned on Friday night, though in the end it could have been much worse. A , bringing the Wilmington Fire Department to the scene.

No one was injured during the grease fire, and firefighters were able to quickly calm the flames with a mixture of water and foam.

Saturday was the highlight of the week for many as . After the day's festivities, visitors enjoyed the first of the town's two firework displays.

On Monday night, , which was won by Evil Empire. The team was led by Lou Cimaglia Jr., who previously won several titles as a member of Local Heroes.

Finally on Tuesday, the put on by . The pyrotechnics lit up the sky and brought cheers for 30 minutes.

What was your favorite part of the week? What did you think of the fireworks? Let us know in the comments section.

Hope you had a great Fourth of July, Wilmington! 

Kevin MacDonald July 06, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Matt, Do you or anyone know why the carnival did not stay around through the fourth when parents have the day off and can go with their families?
Ed Giroux July 06, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Mr MacDonald it did not just happen, these are plans made months in advance ,we are lucky most towns only get a carnaval for a few days we have 5 days everyyear. nothing has changed you should know this where you have lived in town all your life,or did u just have one more salt package to throw??
The unsilent majority July 06, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Ed, I thought it was a perfectly valid question. Instead of getting your panties into a twist because you're not a fan of WHO asked the question, how about you either provide a normal answer, or just not respond at all?
Ed Giroux July 06, 2012 at 01:26 PM
well i actually thought it was a very good answer ,and as you feel you must hide behind your socalled ( unsilent majority ) name it would be inclined your speaking for who? if your unable to post your name than perhaps it is you who should refrain from posting comments and i stand by what i wrote.
Steve McMahan July 06, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I don't need to *hide* behind anything. I also stand behind what I wrote. Having the Carnival open on Wednesday(THE 4TH OF JULY) would've made huge money. A little foresight would've went a long way here.
Ernie Botte July 06, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Not sure what the issue is here, for YEARS they have not been here on July 4. They have always packed up after the fireworks on July 3, probably to set up someplace else. They were here for 4 days including 2 days on the weekend, late at night, and they are here every year, so anyone could have planned a day off to be there. The Fourth of July committee does a great job, there were plenty of opportunities to go to the Carnival.
Dottie Plouffe July 06, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Thank you to all of the volunteers that take time out of their busy days to help create a memorable time for everyone to enjoy. My favorite event is the doll carriage/bike parade. I remember the excitment of decorating mine w/my mom growing up here and now I'm able to do this w/my daughter. Many great memories have been made.
Kevin MacDonald July 06, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I agree with you Steve, the carnival business is a difficult business. It is especially difficult for them to make money when there are rain outs. I think the Town should consider getting the Cushings back.
Al Roberts July 06, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Great answer Ed, I guess it's just easier to throw stones than actually get involved. That committee works year around to put on the best week long celebration in the state. I'm sure it was difficult to schedule the week around the 4th falling on a Wednesday, but they did it. Some people should just stay in moms basement and keep their mouth shut. Maybe he's mad because his mommy didn't let him go to the carnival by himself.... maybe next year if you grow up. A big thank you to all involved for a wonderful week!
Kevin MacDonald July 06, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Ed, are you suggesting that it is a bad idea for the carnival to be here on the 4th of July holiday even if the amusement company wanted to be here on the 4th? I am glad that you used 2 question marks. It obviously means that you are questioning yourself and are skeptical of your own comments.
Kevin MacDonald July 06, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Still no substantial reply Ed to the question.
Outside Observer July 06, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Has anyone ever read "Needful Things" by Stephen King? Give it a whirl if you have the time...
Steve McMahan July 06, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I would like to thank Al Roberts for his words of wisdom. My Mom doesn't have a basement and im not mad. Try getting the facts straight bro.
Lennie Malvone July 07, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I think the Carnival was a great event, Should it go to the 4th of July sure but thats somethng that can be worked on for the future. Regardless the Carniva is such a great community event. We in Wilmington are so very lucky. Is it perfect? no no one or thing is perfect , So join the committee Put forth yor ideas for improving the carnival I personally would love to
Melissa Erickson July 07, 2012 at 05:13 PM
As someone who has a full time job a day at the carnival on my actual day off is not where I would be. We went Friday night as well as Monday night and over for a bit before fireworks on Tuesday nights. Plenty of time and money spent. I don't think another day was needed at all. Maybe closing the carnival on the 3rd was decided o that the employees of the Carnival actually enjoyed a day off with their own families? I sure hope so.
Melissa Erickson July 07, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Excuse any typos as I am using a mobile device
Matt Schooley (Editor) July 07, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Thanks to everyone for weighing in. At 3 p.m. on Saturday I have a story posting that provides an answer as to why the carnival was closed on the 4th. Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Thanks for following.

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