LEXINGTON, N.C. -- A holiday tradition that has lasted decades on High Rock Lake burned out last year. The July 4th firework show didn't have enough funding which left families scouting elsewhere for a show.
"Last year, unfortunately, everyone was disappointed. We had calls, people stopping by," said Crystal Greenamyer, Top of the Rock.
Greenamyer and her family own the Top of the Rock Sports Bar in Lexington. Fireworks have been put on by High Rock Lake River Rats for years. But a few years back they decided to focus on the central mission which is helping families in need.
Others covered the fireworks a couple of years. But enough money wasn't raised last year.
"But last year when I heard about the fireworks not happening and the residents were so disappointed I took it upon myself to launch it myself this year," said Julia Euliss, High Rock Lake River Rats.
Euliss says about $3,000 has been raised so far with an overall goal of $10,000. Locals hope the family event returns since it draws quite the crowd on and around the lake.
"They line up on Highway 8. They start parking there for hours and camping out in friends' lawns, and then, the whole lake is just full of boats to watch it at night," said Euliss.
The Top of the Rock is right next door to where the fireworks have been launched. Greenamyer hopes the staple event returns since it helps business through the rest of the season.
"It helps us not only that night, but new people are coming down. They continue to come down, get memberships, they know about it and want to come down more often," said Greenamyer.
Various fundraising events are being held including Top of the Rock with live music Friday night. Proceeds will go toward the Fourth of July Fireworks Fund.