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Lots to do between now and the Fourth

James Aydlett of Lenoir assists Ruthann Crews and children Joey, 10, and Anna, 9 of Lincolnton while they shop for fireworks Wednesday afternoon at a tent on North General’s Boulevard in Lincolnton.

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

Several Fourth of July festivities are planned for the area over the coming days, kicking off Saturday with the Denver Area Business Association’s 12th annual fireworks festival.
Taking place at East Lincoln High School, the event will begin with a “Battle of the Bands” at 5 p.m., followed by a 9 p.m. raffle and 9:30 p.m. fireworks. Admission is free, and there will also be food, drinks and rides. Local rock band Furnace Road will be the festival’s featured musical act.
Up next on the list of planned events is Tuesday’s Cherryville “Independence Day Celebration” at the Downtown Mini-Park, with guest disc jockey John Barkley and featuring Jim Quick & The Coastline Band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Food vendors will be set up, and spectators are invited to bring lawn chairs. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.
On the day of the July Fourth holiday, the following events are happening in the area:
The seventh annual Maiden Fourth of July Edith Pirkle Parade will take place at 10:30 a.m. Participants will assemble at 10 a.m. at the Maiden Library. The parade ends at the Cornerstone FLC parking lot, and the program will begin there at 11:15 a.m. Anyone who wants to be in the parade can come and march or ride. Participants are encouraged to dress in patriotic clothing. Awards will be given out for best child and adult costumes and best vehicle. Food and drinks will also be available for sale at the end of the parade. The grand marshal for the celebrations will be N.C. Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry.
Downtown Crouse is hosting its annual Fourth of July parade at 4 p.m. The Crouse Volunteer Fire Department will be selling hot dogs, soft drinks and other snacks in front of the fire station. People are invited to come watch or join in the parade. Those interested in participating are encouraged to bring golf carts, tractors with trailers, lawn mowers with trailers, classic cars, trucks, four-wheelers, bicycles, floats, goats, horses with wagons or buggies and horses with riders, all decorated with patriotic themes. Organizers hope to have at least 100 entries in the parade and estimate that roughly 1,000 spectators lined the parade route last year.
The annual Fourth of July celebration in downtown Lincolnton will begin at 6 p.m. with games and activities. The parade starts at 8 p.m., followed by a memorial ceremony at 9:15 p.m. and fireworks at 9:35 p.m. at the Lincolnton High School stadium.
Additionally, from July 1 through July 14, the Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton (DDA) is celebrating “Independents Days,” during which the organization is encouraging people to support their local, independent businesses.
Those interested can participate in “Independents Days” activities such as the Shop Local Challenge, Find Your Independents Scavenger Hunt, Cash Mob and the July Fourth Window Decorating Contest. The www.lovablelincolnton.org website contains more information and activities.

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