Laurel Diciuccio, 17, of Maiden works on an Independence Day-themed mural at Watson Insurance on East Main Street in Lincolnton on Monday.
Several activities throughout the area should keep July Fourth celebrations going strong, provided the weather cooperates; temperatures are forecast for the high 90s with scattered storms developing in the afternoon.
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, 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.