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6/21/2022 11:38:00 AM
Celebrating America's Birthday
In 2005, Edith Pirkle decided that her hometown shouldn't be without a Fourth of July Parade.  So she went to work on it--and the first Maiden July 4th Parade was held.  Ms. Pirkle was 83. She passed in 2016 at age 94, but the parade she started continues as a Maiden tradition.  The DABA Fireworks Show is four years older than the Maiden parade.  It has also become a local tradition.  
In 2005, Edith Pirkle decided that her hometown shouldn't be without a Fourth of July Parade.  So she went to work on it--and the first Maiden July 4th Parade was held.  Ms. Pirkle was 83. She passed in 2016 at age 94, but the parade she started continues as a Maiden tradition.  The DABA Fireworks Show is four years older than the Maiden parade.  It has also become a local tradition.  

Wayne Howard
Reporter


The Denver Area Business Association's annual Music and Fireworks Spectacular kicks off area celebrations of America's birthday this weekend. The celebration at David Clark Stadium at East Lincoln High School gets underway at 4 PM. Music this year will include the Mikele Buck Band, who will open the show. What has been billed as Generation Radio will follow featuring two members of Rascal Flatts: Joy DeMarcus and guitarist Tom Yankton; former Chicago lead singer Jason Scheff; Tom Petty drummer Steve Ferrone; and Kenny Loggins guitarist Chris Rodriguez. The biggest fireworks show in the area will end the evening. Admission is free.

A shuttle service by Transportation Lincoln County will provide rides to the stadium from Walmart on Highway 73 and back. The shuttle will get unloading priority, so you'll probably get into the stadium quicker by taking the shuttle.

This year's event is sponsored by many area businesses. Novant Health is the main sponsor. Others include Lincoln County Parks & Recreation, Climatech Heating & Cooling, Dry Otter Waterproofing, Lake Norman Realty, Lake Electric, Austin Dentistry, Knox Law Center, Weed Man, 96.9 KAT Country, Cooke Rentals, First Federal Savings Gank, NC Farm Bureau, Carolina Eye Care, Sweet Dreams Mattress & Furniture, Chillfire Restaurant, McDonald's, National Asset Recovery, Complete RV, the Sports Page restaurant, Denver Health & Fitness, Sam's Xpress Car Wash, Burke Christian Tours, Ed Watkins Marine, Cheryl Hoke Photography, Lowe's, Walmart and the Lincoln Herald.

Other Independence celebrations will follow next week. Among them:

MOUNT HOLLY
Thursday June 30th 6-10:30 PM
Coming Up Brass will play and fireworks will end the evening...all downtown.

CHERRYVILLE
Friday July 1st 6-10 PM
The band and food trucks will be at Rudisill Stadium; the fireworks will be shot from the First United Methodist Church parking lot this year due to the Main Street construction.

BESSEMER CITY
Friday July 1st 6-9:30 PM
Music from the Extraordinaires with fireworks to follow...all at Centennial Park downtown.

MONDAY JULY 4TH:

LINCOLNTON
Independence Day Parade 8:30 PM--Main Street to the Courtsquare, then north to Lincolnton High School parking lot...fireworks at 9:30 at LHS Stadium (stadium opens at 7 PM).

MAIDEN
The Edith Pirkle July 4th Parade starts at the Maiden Library at 10:30 and ends at the Cornerstone parking lot.

WESTPORT 
Back in 1993, Kay Davis at Lake Norman Realty decided to celebrate America's birthday with a huge display of flags in the Westport community. It became a tradition. We're not sure when the Westport Community July 4th parade began, but it has been going on every 4th of July this century.

On Monday July 4th, 2022, at 10 AM, this year's parade, honoring area veterans, will begin at Fairfield United Methodist Church and travel east to the Episcopal Church of St. Peter by-the-Lake. After the parade, there'll be a hot dog lunch, games and presentation of awards at the church.

STANLEY
Rides for the kids, food, and games at Harper Park 5-9 PM...a shuttle bus will provide transportation from the Pentecostal Holiness Church on Main Street to and from the park. Fireworks at dark

DALLAS
Music from Image G-Town starting at 6 PM; fireworks at dark...all at Cloninger Park.


 

The drama "Thunder Over Carolina" will be performed this Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 each evening at WoodMill Winery off John Beam Road in Vale.  The play will be presented at pavilion on the hill south of the winery.  It's an outdoor presentation and those attending will need to bring their own chairs.  You'll be able to purchase wine and other refreshments.  Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors, and military.



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