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Independence gears up for July 4th

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Town plans two days of festivities

By Landmark News Service

INDEPENDENCE — The Town of Independence will host its annual Fourth of July celebration with two days of activities Friday and Saturday.
Crafts, food and drink vendors will open noon Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday at the McKnight Lot, located at the intersection of U.S. 58/U.S. 21 and the Historic 1908 Courthouse.


Children's activities include an inflatable Space Walk both days. Magic shows are set for 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the McKnight Lot.
A watermelon eating contest at the McKnight Lot for ages 5 and up begins at 2 p.m. Saturday. Cash prizes will be awarded.
A dunking booth will also be set up at the McKnight Lot on Saturday throughout the day with three throws costing $1. Volunteers are needed for the dunking booth. Proceeds can go toward a non-profit organization of your choice. To volunteer, call (276) 773-3507.
Slated to be dunked so far are Janet Mullins, a Grayson County educator, and Tina Vaughn, editor of The Declaration newspaper. Mullins and Vaughn will donate proceeds during their "dunking time" to the Support Grayson County Public Schools Million-Dollar Miracle Fund, organized by Mullins.
The fund will be used for all Grayson students for items such as trips, projects, supplies, assistance to needy families, sports, arts and more.
Upland Express will perform beginning 7 p.m. at Grayson County High School practice field with fireworks to follow at 10 p.m. Bring a blanket and a lawn chair.
Activities are sponsored by Grayson National Bank, Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Walter's Drug, Davis-Bourne Inn, Independence Family Care Center, Woody's Pharmacy and the Town of Independence Special Events Committee.
The town's annual Fourth of July parade will be held 10 a.m. Saturday with a "Celebrating the Past, Preparing for the Future" theme encouraged.
Parade entry registration is underway. Applications are available from the Web sites independenceva.com or independenceeventsva.com, or from the town office on Main Street.
Cash prizes are awarded for first and second places in four divisions: floats, equestrian, other motorized vehicles and pedestrian/walking units. Trophies are awarded for two divisions: antique tractors and classic cars.
Because of the large number of entries to be judged for prizes, parade entries should arrive in town between 9 and 9:30 a.m.
Large motorized vehicles and floats should meet at Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad parking lot.
Pedestrians, antique tractors, classic cars and small motorized vehicles should line up at the First United Methodist Church parking lot.
Equestrian entries should gather beside Ogle's Deli, near the U.S. 58/21 intersection.

To stay up-to-date on the Town of Independence's annual and special events, residents and visitors can visit the new Web site, www.independenceevents.com. For more information, call (276) 773-350, (276) 773-3703 or see the Web sites, www.independenceva.com.