Rocky Mount Outdoor Activities

Rocky Mount residents enjoy many outdoor activities including Juneteenth, Downtown's summer music series on Thursdays as well as parks & sports.

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Community Empowerment in Rocky Mount, NC

On June 19, 1865, the slaves received word that they were free, and the resulting celebration---termed “Juneteenth” --- is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery. It has been an African-American tradition since the late 19th century. Recently, Rocky Mount kept that tradition alive through the Juneteenth Community Empowerment celebration.

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Downtown Rocky Mount Offers Variety of Community Activities for the Whole Family

Looking for something to do in Rocky Mount? Look no farther than the Imperial Centre. Each summer, the city sets the stage for Downtown Live and Lawn Chair Theatre events—yearly favorites that complement the family oriented activities at the Braswell Memorial Library and the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center, also located in the Imperial Centre. There's something for everyone in downtown Rocky Mount!

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Six Things We Are Looking Forward to in Rocky Mount for Spring 2018

It's time to treasure our past and look forward to the future with hopeful eyes and wonderful enthusiasm for all that our community is and all that it is becoming. There are a lot of events to look forward to in Rocky Mount for Spring 2018. While we don't have enough space to list them all, here are six of our favorites.

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A Brief Tour of Rocky Mount's Parks

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The soft melodies of a calliope flutter through the afternoon breeze. Children anxiously await their turn to take the reins of one of the large, wooden, hand painted carousel horses that have kept watch over Sunset Park for decades. It’s a scene that is repeated over and over during the spring and summer in Rocky Mount.

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Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown Continues to be a Tasty Delight for Rocky Mount

If you’re from the South, barbecue is a part of your heritage as much as church potlucks and sweet tea. In October, Rocky Mount held one of its most popular annual events: the Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown. The event, which is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, included over 50 cooking teams and 60 certified judges, drawing thousands of participants and spectators, according to the Rocky Mount Telegram.

Find out who the grand champion of this esteemed event was and the other notable competitors. 

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What’s Next for Downtown Development?

Decorative banners downtown announce the CHARM of the Rocky Mount area--- CHARM in this case stands for Central, Historic, Arts, Rocky Mount.  Many longtime residents recall a time when the downtown area was so busy, it was difficult to find a place to park. Today, Rocky Mount is undergoing a renaissance, complete with jazzy tunes dancing on the air from the Prime Smokehouse barbecue restaurant and new businesses making their homes in the renovated Douglas Block.

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By the Numbers: Statistics on Rocky Mount, NC

How many hotel rooms does Rocky Mount? If you live in the city limits of Rocky Mount, do you pay more than the median monthly rent? Do you work at one of the top 5 employers? Find out more in this informative infographic.

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How the Buck Leonard Association Helps Area Youth

The crack of a baseball bat. The smell of fresh-cut crash. Cheers bursting from the dugout. Kicking up dust while sliding into home base.  These sights and sounds represent something much larger than "America's National Pastime." For area youth, these images represent a connection with the past that gives them a brighter future.

Baseball is also a Rocky Mount tradition; one of the sport’s most celebrated athletes has deep roots in Eastern North Carolina. Baseball great Buck Leonard – often called the "black Lou Gehrig" -- was born in Rocky Mount. Most noted for playing for the Homestead Grays, Leonard was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

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Three Things You Can Learn from the Rocky Mount Citizens' Police Academy

Learn how Rocky Mount citizens get an in-depth look at the inner workings of the Rocky Mount Police Department. The Citizen's Police Academy offers behind-the-scenes work and community partnerships that are one of the reasons that crime in Rocky Mount is at a 37-year low.

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Rocky Mount Fire Department Employees Train with the NC Helo-Aquatic Rescue Team

Recently, the Rocky Mount Fire Department (RMFD) employees trained with the NC Helo-Aquatic rescue team, assisted by the RMFD Swiftwater Emergency Response team. 

 

This means that citizens can rest assured that these professionals are ready to spring into action when needed most.

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