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Fireworks set for Monday

Independence Day fireworks and celebrations will be held throughout the Heart of Virginia on Monday and Saturday, July 8.

The 15th Annual Fireworks After Dark event will take place Monday and will include music, food vendors, bounce houses, bull riding and rock climbing.

“We always try to do it a day in advance so everyone can have the fourth to do whatever they want, you know, have a cookout or visit friends,” event organizer Perry Carrington said.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m.

“We encourage people to get out early,” Carrington said.

Moosetrap Band will play from 6-7:30 p.m. The national anthem will be sung at 7:30 p.m. by Amena Sims. Tommy Fleshman will sing solo from 7:35-8 p.m.

“Following him will be the featured act, which is TFC Band from Virginia Beach,” Carrington said.

TFC Band will play from 8:15-9:30 p.m. and return following the fireworks from 10-10:30 p.m. According to Carrington, the fireworks show will take place at 9:30 p.m., overseen by Town Manager Gerald Spates.

“This is our 15th year and we invite everyone to come out. As the flyers say, it’s a family-oriented event, so bring your coolers, bring your lawn chairs, bring your blankets and just have a ball,” Carrington said. “Please leave your pets at home.”

The Fireworks After Dark event will take place at the Farmville Municipal Airport, located at 130 Wedgewood Drive in Cumberland County.

Meherrin Volunteer Fire and Rescue will hold its annual Independence Day celebration July 8. According to the organization’s Facebook page, stew will be available at 11 a.m., bands will begin playing at 2 p.m. and fireworks will begin after dark.