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Fourth of July Events Planner

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By Staff Reports

Fourth of July celebrations are abundant this Thursday, with parades, fireworks, music and more in multiple locations. Here’s a guide to the Fourth festivities in Independence, Galax, Hillsville, Fries, Lambsburg and Ivanhoe

Independence
The Town of Independence will offer a full day of events.
The festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. with the annual parade, which will start at the intersection of U.S. 58 and U.S. 21 at the 1908 Courthouse and end at the Food City parking lot at the Guynn Shopping Center.
Registration is underway for anyone interested in entering a float in the parade. First, second and third-place trophies will be awarded by category in the parking lot after the last entry arrives. Categories include: classic cars, antique tractors, pedestrians, equestrian, floats and other motorized entries. Entry forms can be picked up at the Independence Police Department.
Grand marshal of the parade will be former Town of Independence Events Coordinator Carol Lundgren.
In addition to the parade, food and craft vendors will be on hand at the McKnight lot.
Hard Cider Band and others will be provide music at the 1908 Courthouse throughout the day. There will be pony rides, a mechanical bull, a bounce house, face painting and many more activities for children to enjoy.
The Independence Farmers Market will sell its local products, food and drinks at the Food City parking lot. In addition, the 1908 Courthouse Foundation will sell burritos to raise funds for renovation projects.
Beginning at 3 p.m. there will be a watermelon eating contest, followed by seed spitting and soda drinking contests.
At 7 p.m., Mixed Company will perform a free concert in the Food City parking lot until fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
Everyone is encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for the evening.
The day’s events are sponsored by Don & Dudley Assoc., Anders Graveopening, Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Worrell Therapy, Walters Drug, Grayson Highlands Family Medicine, Grayson County, Town of Independence, Peach Bottom Baits and GNB Energy.
Town of Independence Events Coordinator Renae Sizemore said the town is still in need of and accepting vendors for the July 4th celebration and other town events throughout the summer.
She also encouraged anyone with ideas or feedback on events to visit her in her office at the Independence Police Department or call her at 773-3661. She can also be emailed at rsizemore@independenceva.com.
Also on July 4, the Grayson Football and Wrestling Club will hold a male beauty pageant fundraiser at the Grayson County High School auditorium in Independence, beginning at 2 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children accompanied by an adult.
The players will also appear in their outfits on a float in the annual parade in Independence that morning.
Also at the event, players will be selling 1,000 raffle tickets. First-prize winner will receive 200 pounds of natural, butchered beef; second prize is a .22 caliber Henry Golden Boy rifle; and third prize is two 2001 American silver dollar coins from Grayson National Bank.

Hillsville
“America’s Founders” is the theme for the July 4 parade and related celebration in the Town of Hillsville.
Parade awards will be given in the categories of most patriotic, most original and best in show and will include a $100 cash prize and certificate.
Parade begins at 4 p.m.  The lineup starts at 3 p.m. on Edgewood Drive.
Floats to be judged must be in line by 3:15.
Parade entries can follow such categories as Columbus, Indians and pilgrims; Ben Franklin, Mark Twain, Wright Brothers, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or any other ideas that encompass the theme.
Food, music, children’s games and fireworks display at dusk will follow the parade at the VFW post on West Stuart Drive, beginning at 5 p.m.: music by Tim Elliott and Catfish Cherry, new and classic country, 6:30 p.m.; watermelon, 8:30 p.m.; “America’s Founders” fireworks extravaganza, approximately 9:30 p.m.
For additional information or to register for the parade, call Jessica Talley at 233-3479 or Laura Beth Parnell at (276) 733-4935.

Galax
The city’s annual Independence Day celebration includes a day of events.
The parade is scheduled at 1:30 p.m., followed by an ATV Rodeo at Felts Park beginning at 6 p.m. and a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
The fire department has also announced its first-ever Great Galax Duck Race. Sponsored rubber ducks will be dumped in Chestnut Creek at 10 a.m., and will float to CVS Pharmacy.
Each duck is $5. Prizes include $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 each for third place and last place.
Rain date is July 6. Duck sponsors do not have to be present to win.
For more information about July 4 festivities, visit the Galax Fire Department’s website at www.galaxfire.com, or find them on Facebook.

Fries
The Town of Fries’ annual Fourth of July celebration begins with the parade themed “An American Dream” at noon.
The town encourages all float and parade entries to consider what their version of the American dream might be, whether it be celebrating armed forces, baseball, law enforcement, faith, football, firefighters and rescue workers.
The top entries will be awarded first, second and third-place prizes.
In addition to the parade, there will be several events held at the Fries Ballpark beginning at 2 p.m., including a Fireman’s Challenge between several local departments, as well kid’s games, concessions, music and an alumni baseball game.
The day will end with a fireworks show.

Lambsburg
Lambsburg Community Center will host Fourth of July activities beginning at 6 p.m.
Music will be performed on stage by Sounds Now and Then throughout the evening.
Food will be available and 50/50 tickets will be sold to help cover expenses.
Patriotic music will be provided from 7:30-8 p.m. by local musicians Nathan Sharp and Dave Allred.
Wayne Padgett will raise a new American flag, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.
Phillip Berrier will recite portions of the Declaration of Independence and make comments about the importance of the event at the 237th anniversary of the nation’s founding.
“A gigantic array” of fireworks is planned at dusk.
For details, call (336) 648-2078, email pwberrier@gmail.com or visit www.lambsburgcommunitycenter.org.

Ivanhoe
Participants are needed for the Fourth of July parade in Ivanhoe, which will start at 4 p.m.
Contact Gina Dunford-Harper at (276) 699-1166.