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Fourth of July Festivities

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By Staff Reports

INDEPENDENCE — The Town of Independence wants to focus on recognizing and thanking veterans for their military service during its annual Fourth of July celebration, which the town will host Friday.

To commemorate Independence Day, the town will offer a parade, themed “Thank You for Our Freedom,” followed by family activities, food and free concerts in the Independence Town Park until a fireworks finale commences at 10 p.m.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. Town Events Coordinator Renae Sizemore said that in following the theme of this year’s parade, the town invites all servicemen and women to participate in the parade as honorees. As special recognition to those who currently serve, will serve or have served in the U.S. military, the parade will be led by the Carroll County High School JROTC, followed by veterans and those currently enlisted.

Sizemore added that veterans who have trouble walking are invited to ride on a special float.

All pedestrians walking in the parade will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Main Street. All motorized vehicles will line up at the Robert Shaw Building at 9 a.m. The parade route will travel from First United Methodist Church to the Guynn Shopping Center.

Spectators are also asked to participate in the parade in a special way this year, and free American flags and pinwheels will be distributed. “We’re also asking all spectators to bring a ‘Thank You for Our Freedom’ sign to show the troops our support and appreciation for all they do for us,” said Sizemore.

After the parade, pony rides, a mechanical bull, face painting and many more activities will be offered at the Independence Town Park, formerly known as the McKnight Lot, at the intersection of highways 21 and 58, and at the Grayson National Bank Conference Center. Free musical entertainment includes concerts by D-Railed from 4-6 p.m. and Mixed Company from 7 p.m. until the fireworks begin.

Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the fireworks at 10 p.m.

This year’s Fourth of July celebration is sponsored by Don Dudley & Associates, Grayson County, Grayson National Bank, Frogs (Ogle’s), and the Town of Independence.

For more information, call (276) 773-3661 or email rsizemore@independenceva.com.

Hillsville

The theme “Sweet Sounds of Freedom” has been selected to guide the parade entries and overall activities for Historic Hillsville’s July Fourth Celebration.

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.

The parade will begin at 4 p.m. Friday and will line up on Edgewood Drive at 3 p.m. In order to be judged, all floats must be in line by 3:15 p.m.

Food, music, children’s games and the fireworks display at dusk will follow the parade at the VFW post on West Stuart Drive.

This year’s schedule of events include:

• parade lineup on Edgewood Drive – 3 p.m.

• float judging – 3:15 p.m.

• “Sweet Sounds of Freedom” parade – 4 p.m.

• food, music, games at VFW Post 1115

– opening ceremony 4:45 p.m.

• fly-by of aircraft – 4:55 p.m.

• music by local bands, inside stage – 5:30 p.m.

• music by Backyard Groove, outside stage – 6 p.m.

• watermelon – 7 p.m.

• fireworks extravaganza – approximately 9 p.m.

For information, call Jessica Talley at (276) 233-3479.

Also on July 4, Patrick Henry interpreter Donald Trausneck of Woodlawn will reenact the famous “Liberty or Death” speech, delivered to the Second Virginia Convention in 1775. The speech helped spark the American Revolution.

In addition to giving the speech at the VFW during opening ceremonies following the parade, the speech will be given on the steps of the old Carroll County Courthouse at noon and at 3:30 p.m.

Fries

The Town of Fries is celebrating the community’s past, present and future this year during the July 4 celebration. The parade will be held at noon, with floats lining up at 11:30 a.m. Floats will be competing for the top three prizes this year.

Following the parade, the town will gather in the Sap Jones Memorial Ball Park for music, food, volleyball, horse shoe tournament, corn hole tournament, inflatables, fire department demonstrations, kids’ field games, car show, helicopter rides and door prizes. Gate admission is $1.

After the singing of the National Anthem, WWII Veteran Coy Shaffner will be recognized and bestowed medals for his service to the country.

A Fries High School reunion dance will be held from 7-10 p.m., at the rec center, with Mountain Main Hodges. Fireworks are at 10 p.m.

Music will be provided by the Fries Wildcat Band, and other talented musicians.

For more information, find the Fries Recreation Center on Facebook.

Galax

Galax will celebrate with a parade at 1:30 p.m. on Main Street, and fireworks at 10 p.m.

The Great American Duck Race will also be held Friday at 10 a.m. in Chestnut Creek. Tickets are $5 per duck. Ducks will be dumped into the creek, and the first to cross the finish line wins the grand prize — an Old Towne canoe, valued at $900 and donated by Chestnut Creek Trading Company.

A 4-wheeler ATV rodeo will be held in Felts Park at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department. Gates open at 5 p.m. and admission is $5.

Lambsburg

The Lambsburg Community Center will host a variety of July 4th activities beginning at 6 p.m. Friday

The theme for the event will be to honor America on the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and to thank all who have had a part in history since then.

Music will be provided on the bandstand by “Sounds Now and Then” beginning at 6 p.m. Food will be sold throughout the evening at the concession stand. A corn hole tournament will also be held, with prizes for the winners.

At 8 p.m., patriotic music and the National Anthem will be provided by local musicians Nathan Sharp and Jeff Eubank, and others. A reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence will be given by Phillip Berrier.

North Surry ROTC students Brooke Bennett and Nicole McMillian will carry the flag on horseback in honor of the veterans.

A fireworks display will be held at dusk.

To help cover expenses, 50/50 tickets will be sold.

Everyone is welcome to attend. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call (336) 648-2078, email pwberrier@gmail.com, visit www.lambsburgcommunitycenter.org or find them on Facebook.

Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe’s Fourth of July parade will start at 4 p.m. on Friday. For details, contact Gina Dunford-Harper at (276) 699-1166.

Whitetop

Mount Rogers Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad of Whitetop will sponsor a Fourth of July parade and fireworks celebration.

It will begin at Konnarock Community Center on Virginia 600 in Smyth County and travel down Konnarock Road to U.S. 58 in Washington County and on to Whitetop, then back to U.S. 58 before ending at Mount Rogers Fire Hall in Grayson County.

Firemen will be tossing out candy for kids along the parade route.

Participants will line up at the community center at 4 p.m. and the parade will start at 5 p.m.

Hot dogs and drinks will be for sale at the fire hall. Entertainment with music lasts until the fireworks show begins at dark.