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Longbridge thrills the crowd with their annual fireworks display

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Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2018 12:00 pm

The people at Lake Gaston are all about celebrations and no one does Independence Day quite like we do. This year, with the holiday stuck slap in the middle of the week, everyone is in for a whole week of fireworks and parades, barbeques and boat rides.

The Longbridge VFD annual Fireworks display drew people from far and wide Saturday for an afternoon on the water. By 8 p.m. the bridge was full of tailgaters and holiday enthusiasts waiting for their annual dose of Patriotism.

The boats began arriving in earnest shortly thereafter, as did the US Coastguard.

The smell of hamburgers and hot dogs wafted across the bridge and the sun made its own fiery display as it slipped behind the trees.

It’s a good thing NCDOT plans to start renovations soon as the bridge seemed to tip slightly as people moved in mass to the west side to catch its last rays with their cell phone cameras.

After highs in the 90s all day, the air seemed to cool quickly and no one seemed to mind sitting outside their cars or rolling their windows down. Convertibles and other methods of transport perused the highway up one side and down the other – leading their own special parade. Bug spray was a commodity in short supply and the area subdivisions began the festivities with kabooms and light displays of their own.

Finally the first wave of pyrotechnics exploded into the sky. Lovers settled down and children oohed and aahed as token after token of American Freedom filled the sky.

“It’s beautiful! I just love it,” exclaimed Dorothy Wilkins from Mill Creek Landing. The couple said they’ve missed the display for several years because the crowds seemed to become a bit much over the years but they were quite satisfied this year.

“We went to the Parade in Littleton and I figured we might as well come over here to the fireworks,” she said. She noted how important it is to appreciate our country’s freedom.

“We’re celebrating Independence Day,” she declared. “It’s July 4th!”