July 4th is America's birthday. It means parades, fireworks, and other events to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. That event--239 years ago--was the beginning of America's quest for sovereignty as the 13 colonies that would become the USA declared their independence from rule by Great Britain.
The celebrations are many. The first in our area-and one of the biggest--is the annual Fireworks and Music Spectacular presented by the Denver Area Business Association (DABA). This year, Parmalee will be the featured group for the evening's entertainment. Jeff Bates and Kelby Costner will also perform. There'll be lots of food, games for the kids, and the evening will conclude with the fireworks show--said to be the biggest in this area.
The Lincoln Herald is proud to be one of many sponsors of the event which happens at David Clark Stadium at East Lincoln High School on highway 73 from 4 - 11 PM on the Saturday evening before the Fourth--June 29th.
A raffle will be held with prizes including a $1500 lawn treatment courtesy of Weed-Man, a $600 mattress courtesy of Sweet Dreams Mattress, a $550 tv courtesy of Farm Bureau of Denver, a year's worth of car washes ($360 value) courtesy of Sam's Xpress Car Wash of Denver, and a $250 Yeti package courtesy of Denver Outdoor Company.
Tickets for the raffle can be purchased now at Lake Norman Realty, Denver Outdoor Company, Farm Bureau of Denver, Sweet Dreams Mattress and Complete RV. Raffle tickets will also be available at the stadium on the day of the show. Admission to the show is FREE.
Another pre-Fourth celebration happens on Wednesday July 3rd when the town of Cherryville celebrates Independence Day with a festival at the mini-park on Main Street. The Entertainers will perform and the evening will conclude with fireworks.
On July 4th, several parades will be held. The Daughters of the American Revolution Vesuvius Furnace Chapter will sponsor the annual Westport community parade at 10 AM.
Maiden has its Edith Pirkle July 4th Parade, named for the elderly woman who got it started as an annual tradition in 2005. Ms. Pirkle passed way in April 2016, but the previous year (2015), she was the Grand Marshal for the event, a fitting tribute for her efforts. The parade will roll down Main Street beginning at 10:30 AM.
Crouse will have its 27th annual July 4th Parade at 4 PM Independence Day.
Lincolnton will celebrate with a parade and fireworks. The parade is scheduled at 8:30 in the evening, but the activities begin with a Kid's Play Zone for activities and games on North Academy Street between First United Methodist and Freedom churches at 6:30. The fireworks show will be held at Lincolnton High School stadium at approximately 9:30. Unlike some other parades where you just have to show up, you need to pre-register if you want to be in the Lincolnton parade.
The Gastonia Grizzlies baseball team will have fireworks following its games at Sims Legion Park starting this Saturday and on June 29th & July 3rd.
The Hickory Crawdads are having fireworks following all their Friday night home games this season and the July 4th game.
The Charlotte Symphony has planned two concerts related to the celebration of Independence Day. The first of those will be at 6 PM Saturday June 22nd at Bailey Road Park in Cornelius. The second will be the evening of July 3rd at Symphony Park at Southpark.
The annual Charlotte Skyshow will begin at 2 PM on the Fourth at BB&T ballpark. Activities will continue until 10 PM, then the fireworks will light up uptown Charlotte's nighttime sky.
There are, of course, others--but these are some of the ones you may wish to attend.
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