July 4 Parades & Activities 2019

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Events in Galax, Carroll & Grayson

Parades, fireworks, music and a rubber duck race are just a few of the Fourth of July events set for Thursday in the Twin Counties. Here’s your guide to Independence Day fun:


Galax’s parade on Main Street begins at 7 p.m., with fireworks set for 10 p.m.

The day begins with the annual Great Galax Duck Race. The Galax Volunteer Fire Department has been selling $5 tickets for weeks, and on Thursday at 10 a.m., hundreds of little yellow ducks will be dumped into Chestnut Creek from the East Grayson Street bridge next to Vaughan-Bassett.

Ticketholders will cheer on their ducks as they float downstream to the finish line next to CVS. First-place prize is a kayak; other prizes are $100 for second place, $75 for third place and $50 each for fourth place and last places.

Tickets will be sold until the race begins and are available from any Galax firefighter.


The town will be hosting its Fourth of July Celebration in the downtown historic district, with a parade lineup beginning at 3 p.m. and judging to follow at 3:15 pm. The parade will begin at 4 p.m. and proceed from Edgewood Drive to the VFW.

The Friends of Hillsville and Grover King VFW Post 1115 will continue the celebration at the VFW with live music presented throughout the remainder of the evening, along with hot dogs and patriotic portraits available inside VFW post 1115. Fireworks will also be presented at dusk (around 9:30 p.m.)


The town’s annual July 4 celebration will be held all day in the Independence Town Park, at the intersection of U.S. 21 and U.S. 58. This year’s theme is “Hats off to America.”

The day’s events will begin with the Independence Freedom Day 5K and Downhill Mile, starting at Grayson County High School. The 5K begins at 8:10 a.m. and the downhill mile begins at 7:45 a.m.

The town’s parade will begin at 10 a.m.; followed by a day of activities at the town park including inflatables, children’s activities, pony rides and duck games. A cornhole tournament will be held at 4 p.m.; cost to participate is $15 per team and winners will split half the pot.

A free concert will be held at the park, featuring the Crystal River Band, beginning at 7 p.m. and continuing until the fireworks show at dusk.

Food and beverages will be provided by Creek Bottom Brewing Company.


The town will “Let Freedom Ring by the River” with its annual July 4 celebration.

The day will begin with a parade at noon and end with fireworks at dusk (around 10 p.m.) This year’s grand marshal is Karen Snyder.

Events include pig wrestling, horseshoes, ballgames, corn hole, door prizes, sack races, egg toss, sand pile, dunking booth, badminton and face painting.

Concessions will be available. Door prizes will be given out.