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Fireworks shows Tuesday, Thursday include traffic detours

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Police have released information on the traffic plans and detours for Wilson’s fireworks displays at today’s Wilson Tobs game and Thursday’s Fourth of July celebration at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

“We hope that you have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July,” a post on the Wilson Police Department’s Facebook page states. “There will be officers stationed at both locations if you have questions (or) concerns or need assistance.”

The Tobs will host the Holly Springs Salamanders at 6:15 p.m. today with a fireworks show following the game planned tentatively for 9 p.m.

The only entrances to Fleming Stadium will be Churchill Avenue for traffic entering from Ward Boulevard and Stadium Street for those traveling in from Tarboro Street. All vehicles coming into the area will be required to park on the right hand side of the street.

When the fireworks are over, vehicles will exit the street they are parked on and turn right onto the main road onto which they’re exiting — either Tarboro Street or Ward Boulevard. In order to keep traffic flowing and prevent backups, police have designated these exits as right-turn only.

On Independence Day, the Wilson County Fairgrounds will open its gates at 6 p.m. Visitors are welcome to bring chairs and blankets, but no tents will be allowed on the midway. Light refreshments including funnel cakes, lemonade and soft drinks will be available. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:15 p.m.

Vehicles will enter the fairgrounds from either U.S. 301 or Patterson Way.

When the fireworks are over, vehicles exiting onto U.S. 301 will turn right (northbound) into the right-hand lane. Other northbound traffic will be merged into the left lane to keep the right lane open for those leaving the fairgrounds.

Vehicles exiting out to Patterson Way will turn right onto Wilco Boulevard in order to reduce traffic on U.S. 301.

“Please allow enough time to enter and exit the fireworks at either location,” the police department said on its Facebook page. “Please pay attention to traffic around you and officers (who) are directing traffic.”

Barricade maps for Fleming Stadium and the Wilson County Fairgrounds are available on the Wilson Police Department’s Facebook page.

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