There may be thundershowers in the area this afternoon and evening, and they're even more likely Friday and Saturday, so if you're headed out to the July 4th parade in Lincolnton or the other area events happening this evening in Dallas, Gastonia, Kings Mtn., Casar, etc., you might want to take along an umbrella.
A brief thundershower may help to cool things off a bit from the 90+ temperatures that are expected again today.
Lincolnton's Independence Day celebration begins with activities for kids on N. Academy St. between Freedom & First United Methodist churches at 6:30. It's expected that a large crowd will begin forming to watch the parade by that time. The parade starts at 8:30 and marches from Cedar St. to the Courtsquare, then north on Aspen to Lincolnton High School.
Signs we saw Wednesday at the intersection of Flint & Main may be confusing to some. They point north on Flint for the parade lineup. Actually, they may have been placed to keep people from trying to enter the parade lineup from the wrong direction. If you follow those signs, they'll take you up Flint, left on Pine, back to Aspen & the Courtsquare, etc. Those who are marching or riding in the parade need to enter Water Street from the Courtsquare and proceed to their place in line--which will be determined on who arrives earliest. The lineup begins at 7 PM and everyone who is going to be in the parade needs to be in place by 8 PM.
Near the front of the parade will be a float with World War II veterans. There are actually about 20 of them still living in Lincoln County--all well into their 90s. Five WWII vets showed up for lunch Wednesday at Ingles; it's uncertain how many will be on hand for the parade. Members of the Lincolnton High School JROTC will help the aged vets onto the float which will be parked pre-parade in the Fifth Third Bank parking lot.
After the parade, Lincolnton will have fireworks at LHS Stadium at about 9:30.
Earlier in the day, parades are scheduled at Westport (10 AM) and Maiden (10:30 AM) and there will be multiple evening celebrations in other area towns including Dallas, Gastonia, Kings Mtn., and Casar. Stanley will have its celebration Friday evening--but the chance of rain goes up to 60% Friday.
City, County & other government offices will be closed. In Lincolnton, the Thursday trash collection route was worked Wednesday. The Recycling Route will be worked Friday as it is the first Friday of each month. While landfills and convenience sites in other counties may be closed for the day, the Lincoln County landfill and convenience sites will operate on their normal schedule (they only close four days each year: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
As we do every day (including holidays), the Lincoln Herald will keep you informed this July 4th. New articles will be posted as news becomes available.
We hope you have a happy & safe Independence Day. Happy Birthday, America!
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