Morganton City Hall will be closed Thursday July 4, 2013, in celebration of Independence Day. The Collett Street Recreation Center will also be closed. However, the Collett Street Outdoor Pool will be open July 4 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm and there will be a reduced rate for swimming.

Trash collection will be affected. Garbage collection for Monday July 1 through Wednesday July 3 will be on regular schedule, but there will be no pickup on Thursday July 4; Thursday's route will be collected Friday July 5.

Fireworks Show

The City Fireworks Show will be at 9:30 pm July 4 at Catawba Meadows Park. The fireworks show is the finale of the Red, White and Bluegrass Festival; the festival is free to the public on July 4. So head to Catawba Meadows Park Thursday to enjoy great bluegrass music and get a good spot for the fireworks show.

"We want people to come out early, enjoy the music and support our vendors," said Parks and Recreation Director Gary Leonhardt. "The fireworks will start at approximately at 9:30 if everything goes well and we don't have any problems with the weather."

Be sure to bring a lawn chair or a blanket so you can relax and enjoy the music and the show.