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July 4 events in the Twin Counties

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Staff Reports

Celebrations are planned in communities throughout the Twin Counties for July 4.

In Galax, the Galax Fire Department will sponsor three activities.

The day begins with the annual Great Galax Duck Race at 10 a.m., when dozens of rubber ducks are dumped into Chestnut Creek from the Grayson Street bridge. Those who have purchased the ducks root for them to cross the finish line downstream at the East Stuart Drive bridge on U.S. 58 next to CVS.

Tickets are $5 per duck and may be purchased from any Galax firefighter. All proceeds benefit the fire department.

Prizes are a Jackson kayak and paddle donated by Chestnut Creek Trading Company for first place; $100 cash for second place; $75 cash for third place; and $50 cash for last place.

The Fourth of July parade will be held at 7 p.m. on Main Street, followed by fireworks at Felts Park at 10 p.m.

Hillsville

The Town of Hillsville will hold a “Star Spangled Salute” on Wednesday, beginning with a parade at 4 p.m.

All parade floats and other participants are encouraged to line up at the government complex at 3 p.m. for preparation.

According to the town, other festivities will begin following the parade at 5 p.m. at the Grover King VFW Post, including a free hot dog meal and a live performance by Backyard Groove, a blues, funk, soul and rock band from Eastern North Carolina.

A bounce house will be available for recreation; as well as plenty of popcorn and watermelon for the ever-famous watermelon eating contests.

Fireworks will begin at 10 pm.

Admission is free for all events.

Independence

The Town of Independence’s July 4 celebration will be held again this year in the Independence Town Park, located at the intersection of U.S. 21 and U.S. 58 in Independence.

The theme this year is “A Red, White and Blue Ridge Fourth of July.” The day-long festivities will begin with the annual Fourth of July Parade at 10 a.m., and conclude with fireworks at dark.

Throughout the day, the venue will offer live music with DJ Steve, children’s activities and inflatables, pony rides and duck games.

A free concert will be held in the park from 7 p.m. until the fireworks show, featuring musical guest Briana Atwell.

Food and beverages will be provided during the show by Creek Bottom Brewing Company. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the event.

For more information, call (276) 768-8656, email maryann@independenceva.com or visit independenceva.com.

The third annual Independence Freedom Day 5K and Downhill Mile will precede the town’s Fourth of July festivities again this year, at Grayson County High School.

Race day registration will begin at 7 a.m., followed by a kids’ fun run which consists of a half-mile run in the parking lot.

The downhill mile will begin at 7:50 a.m.; followed by the 5K at 8:15 a.m.

Awards will be given at 9:30 a.m. after the race.

The 5K course is rated a medium to hard course. The event will be hosted by the Grayson County Cross Country (GCXC) team.

Registration is $20 to compete in either the 5K or the downhill mile; or participants can run both races for $25.

For more information, call (276) 768-7528.

Fries

The town’s annual Fourth of July Celebration, presented by the Fries Fire Department and Rescue Squad, will include a full day of activities including the town’s annual parade, festivities at the Fries ball field and an evening fireworks show.

The day will begin with a parade line up at 11 a.m. at the former mill site, with the parade beginning at noon.

Following the parade, guests are invited to visit the ball field for free family-friendly games scheduled throughout the afternoon. Children’s games, bouncy houses, fire trucks and concessions will be featured throughout the day. Music will be provided by Modern Outlaw.

An old-timers softball game will be held at 6 p.m. Anyone who wishes to play is welcome to join in; but should be present at the ball park by 5:30 p.m.

The celebration will end with a fireworks show at 10 p.m.

For more information, contact Brandi Amburgey at (276) 233-2994 or Amy Parks at (276) 233-0863.