Various events marking the Fourth of July holiday will be taking place in the area, with the first such celebration getting underway this evening.
Below is a roundup of local Independence Day parades and festivities:
The city of Cherryville will host an Independence Day Celebration from 6-10 p.m. at the mini-park in downtown Cherryville, featuring Guest D.J. John Barkley and Jim Quick & The Coastline Band. Fireworks will follow at 10 p.m. There will also be food vendors. Attendants are asked to bring a lawn chair.
The city of Lincolnton will host a Fourth of July parade at 8 p.m. in the downtown area. Lineup will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank on East Main Street. Free children’s activities, including an inflatable slide and rock-climbing wall, will be offered from 6-8 p.m. on North Academy Street, between Freedom Church and First United Methodist Church. A ceremony, featuring keynote speaker Robbie Robbins, Lincolnton High School assistant principal and a colonel in the United States Army Reserve, will take place at 9 p.m. at the Lincolnton High School stadium, followed by fireworks at 9:35 p.m.
Denver will hold a parade at 10 a.m. at Fairfield United Methodist Church, located on Fairfield Forest Road. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. The parade will end at The Episcopal Church of St. Peter by-the-Lake. Veterans will be honored, and awards will be given for decorated tricycles, pets, vehicles, floats and more. The North Lincoln band will be marching. A giant slide and bouncy house for kids will be offered, as well as free hot dogs, drinks and desserts during the ceremony. Mike Bizon is the master of ceremonies.
Crouse will host a Fourth of July parade at 4 p.m., with lineup beginning at 3 p.m. at Crouse United Methodist Church, located on Pleasant Grove Church Road. The official grand marshal will be Sandy Jones, a lifelong resident of Crouse. Spectators are welcome, and interested organizations, churches or individuals are encouraged to bring golf carts, tractors with trailers, lawn mowers with trailers, floats, vehicles, bikes, horses with wagons or riders, etc.
The town of Maiden will host its annual Edith Pirkle Parade at 10:30 a.m., with lineup beginning at 10 a.m. at the Maiden Library. Grand Marshal and N.C. Rep. Mitchell Setzer will lead the event, which will conclude in the parking lot of Cornerstone FLC. Food vendors will be on hand, and awards will be given for the best child and adult costumes, along with best vehicle and best all-around.
In honor of the holiday, the Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton is also hosting the “Lincolnton Independent’s Days” promotional campaign to support independently owned businesses throughout the first two weeks of July.
The goal of the initiative is to endorse and attract attention to locally owned businesses. Events include the Shop Local Challenge, the annual Window Decorating Contest, with winners judged on patriotic themes and creativity, announced during Thursdaynight’s program, and the city’s July Fourth parade and fireworks.
For the Shop Local Challenge, residents are encouraged to shop at locally owned, independent businesses instead of large chains. Participants who submit their feedback about their shopping experiences to the Lincolnton DDA Facebook page will be entered into a drawing to win $100.