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6/21/2019 1:37:00 AM
Area Events This Weekend Through July 4th

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

FRIDAY June 21st

Summer Concert (Mt. Holly)
The Summer Concert series continues this Friday 6 - 10 PM in downtown Mt. Holly.  The band for this week's show is the Entertainers.

SATURDAY June 22nd

Country Breakfast
Daniels Lutheran Church, 3170 Reepsville Rd., will hold its monthly country breakfast Saturday 7 - 10 AM. A $7 donation is suggested to benefit the church building fund.

Summer Concert (Bessemer City)
Bessemer City's Summer Concert series continues at Centennial Park with Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot plus a classic car show.


Living Healthy With Diabetes (Lowell)
The Gaston County Cooperative Extension office will sponsor a six-session program Wednesday mornings 9:30 until noon at the Lowell Community Center, 501 W. First St. in Lowell. The sessions begin June 26th and continue through August 7th. To pre-register, call 704-824-0099 no later than June 19th. The program is free and is recommended for anyone with diabetes, pre-diabetes or at risk for diabetes.

Food Preservation Classes
Join Lincoln County Cooperative Extension for a series on various methods of preserving food. Each session will have a hands-on demonstration.

Water-bath Canning: Strawberry Jam -- 6/26/19 --10 am - 1:00 pm
Fermentation: Sauerkraut -- 7/3/19 -- 10 am - 1:00 pm
Pressure Canning: Green Beans -- 7/10/19 -- 10 am - 1:00 pm
Dehydration: 7/17/19 -- 10 am - 1:00 pm

All the classes will be held in the kitchen on the first floor of the Citizens Center, 115 W. Main St. in Lincolnton. You must pre-register. Cost is $5 per class or $20 for all four classes. For more information, call Zach Troutman at 704-736-8461.

Similar programs are being held at the Lucille Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St. in Gastonia. For more information about those sessions including the schedule, call Linda Minges at the Gaston County Cooperative Extension office at 704-922-2127.

THURSDAY June 27th

Alive After Five
Lincolnton's second 2019 Alive After Five Concert will feature Too Much Sylvia (others this year include Jim Quick & Coastline July 25th, the Entertainers August 29th, and the Band of Oz September 12th).

Shelby Alive!
Shelby will present its monthly Shelby Alive! Concert with the Java Band (R&B and Motown) playing at the park in downtown Shelby.

Mt. Holly Independence Celebration
Coming Up Brass and DJ Brian Wilson will provide the music, and there'll be the usual food trucks, games, etc. plus a fireworks show to end the evening.  It happens Thursday (June 27th) 6 - 10 PM in downtown Mt. Holly. 

FRIDAY June 28th

Summer Concert (Gastonia)
Runnin' Down A Dream (Tom Petty tribute band) will perform at the Friday night concert at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Gastonia. The DJ will kick things off at 6 PM, and the band will start playing at 7 PM.

SATURDAY June 29th

Painting for Adults at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library (Hickory)
Community members are invited to register for a painting class offered at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library Saturday (June 29th) 10 AM - noon.  The theme of the painting will be astronomy related to tie in with the 2019 Summer Learning Program theme, A Universe of Stories.  The painting class will be led by local artist and experienced instructor Natalie McNeely.  Materials will be provided.

The painting class is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.  Class size is limited due to space and materials.  You may register online at, click on Library Events, and choose the Painting for Adults class to reserve your seat. You can also call 828-304-0500 ext. 7235 to register.  Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block in Hickory.

DABA Fireworks & Music Festival
DABA (Denver Area Business Association) will present its annual Fireworks & Music Festival at East Lincoln High School 4 - 10 PM featuring Parmalee, Jeff Bates and Kelby Costner--plus the area's biggest fireworks show.


Cherryville Independence Day Celebration
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.


Independence Day Holiday
Independence Day parades will be held at Crouse, Westport, Maiden and Lincolnton; there'll be a big Fireworks Show at Lincolnton High School Stadium. Other fireworks shows are planned in Dallas, Kings Mountain and other area towns as well as some other events.

Westport Community Parade
The annual parade has happened every July 4th this century.  It begins at 10 AM at Fairfield United Methodist Church (across from the library on Fairfield Forest Road) and  ends at St. Peter by-the-Lake Episcopal Church where free hot dogs, drinks and desserts will be served during an awards ceremony.   

Trucks, cars, floats, and golf carts register at 9:15 AM at Fairfield Forest Road and Shanklin Lane.  Others (walkers, bicycles) register at Fairfield United Methodist Church.  
Prizes will be awarded for best decorated tricycle (rider up to age 6); best decorated bicycle (age 7-13); best golf cart, ATV, or wagon; best costume (boy and girl up to age 13); best decorated automobile; best decorated pet; and best float.  As usual, the Westport parade will honor  veterans--both in the parade and at the awards ceremony.  

Edith Pirkle Parade (Maiden)
Named for the elderly woman who got it started as an annual tradition in 2005, the parade will roll down Main Street beginning at 10:30 AM.

Crouse Independence Day Parade
The Crouse community will hold its 27th annual July 4th Parade at 4 PM. Lineup will begin at 3 PM at Crouse United Methodist Church. The parade will march down Crouse's "Main Street"--old NC150.

Casar July 4th Celebration
Casar's July 4th Celebration will be from 4 - 9:30 PM at Casar Park, 137 Deviney St.  Fireworks, a bounce house, inflatable water slide, a turtle race, eating contests, a talent show, live music, a treasure hunt, DJ Mole McNeilly and the Cruisin' Casar Car Show! Fun for the whole family. Cruisin Casar Car Show will all be a part of the evening's fun.

Gastonia July 4th Celebration
Enjoy live music, food, vendors, and fireworks at downtown Gastonia's Fourth of July Celebration 5 -9:30 PM at the Rotary Centennial Pavilion, 111 N. South St., Gastonia. The celebration features a DJ from 5 - 6 and  live music from the band Night Years from 6 - 9.  There will also be food trucks, a beer garden, local vendors, inflatables, a mechanical ride, and fireworks show accompanied by patriotic music around 9:30.

Kings Mtn. Revolutionary Fourth
The City of Kings Mountain celebrates Independence Day starting at 6 PM at Deal Park Walking Track, 211 N. Cleveland Avenue. A live band, food vendors, and a scene from “Liberty Mountain – The Revolutionary Drama about the Battle of Kings Mountain,” written by Bob Inman will be a part of the evening events, followed by the fireworks show.

Dallas Concert & Fireworks
The town of Dallas will celebrate the Fourth with a concert on the Historic Dallas Courthouse lawn and fireworks at Cloninger Park.  The concert featuring Image & Hotwired begins at 6 PM and lasts until 9; then the fireworks!  A classic car show is also a part of the event on the square.  

Lincolnton Celebrates 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.

FRIDAY July 5th

Stanley Independence Celebration Fireworks Show
While people in Stanley may celebrate the Fourth at home or elsewhere, they'll celebrate with a big fireworks show on the evening of July 5th at Harper Park on Blacksnake Road.  The event will open at 5 PM with food, drinks, games, etc. and the fireworks will happen about 9 PM.  Stanley will also have a fireworks show the night of Friday July 12th as they host the Dixie Youth State Baseball Tournament.


What could be more American than a hot dog? And what could be more Lincolntonian than a City Lunch hot dog? City Lunch on the southeast Courtsquare will be open July 4th 11 AM - 5 PM with an All-American special: 3 hot dogs for $2 and 3 cheeseburgers for $3.50.

The Gastonia Grizzlies baseball team will have fireworks following its games at Sims Legion Park 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.

Belmont will have its Red, White & Belmont celebration beginning at 4 PM on the Fourth. A patriotic wheels parade, a pie eating contest, a patriotic pups parade and music by the Java Band from 7-9:45 will be followed by fireworks.

Fireworks on Lake Wylie
If you're planning to watch from land, stake out a spot at Lake Wylie Plaza by late afternoon as parking is prohibited along NC Highway 49 near the Buster Boyd Bridge. The show will, of course, be visible from boats on the lake.

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