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A Guide To Independence Day Celebrations Around The Area

SoVaNow.com / July 02, 2014
The Town of Chase City will celebrate Independence Day this year by hosting the first annual 4th of July Cruise-in and Poker Run, an event to raise money to beautify downtown. Proceeds will be used to create a pocket park at the corner of Second and Main Streets, where part of the former Leggett Department Store once stood before the building was torn down.

The Cruise-in will take place on Main Street beginning at 2:00 p.m. The classic and antique car show is free to the public. The entrance fee for the Poker Run — which is open to cars, trucks and motorcycles — is $10 for the first hand and $5 for each additional hand. Poker runs begin at 2:30 p.m.

The best hand with three stops wins $500.

Throughout the afternoon, Subway, Hardee’s, Ginos and Thomas Pugh are providing food, Timmy Robinette is serving ice cold watermelon and Roger Queen is providing musical entertainment. There is also a 50/50 raffle.

Lisa Gillispie, who is coordinating the event, said earlier this year that Mayor Eddie Bratton and members of Town Council discussed the need for Chase City — known for such great celebrations as Trunk or Treat, the annual Easter Egg Hunt at MacCallum More Museum and Gardens, and the annual Christmas Parade — to host an event to mark the country’s birthday.

As she and Council members were trying to come up with a signature July 4th event, Chase City residents were voicing concerns about the sad state of the town’s main corner at Second and Main Streets. “We heard the people,” Gillispie said. “That’s when the Downtown Revitalization Project was created and we came up with the idea of the cruise in and poker run.”

Gillispie said the time of the event — between 2 and 6 p.m. — was picked intentionally to fill the gap between the end of Clarksville’s 4th of July Parade and South Hill’s annual Picnic in the Park and fireworks. She hopes people throughout Mecklenburg County and beyond will attend the celebrations in all three towns.

other events around Virginia
Looking for hot dogs and hot rods, flags and parades, fireworks and festivities this Fourth of July? There’s no shortage of events around the Lake Country to celebrate America’s founding. Here’s a brief summary:



Thursday, July 3 – South Boston Speedway

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Location: South Boston Speedway, 1188 James D. Haygood Hwy.

Cost: $15 per person in advance, $20 per person the day of the event

Event: The annual South Boston Speedway Fireworks Extravaganza will be held after a night of racing. Qualifying races start at 4:30 p.m. and the first of three races — pure stock, limited sportsman, and late model — starts at 7:00 p.m. Other events that evening include a Fan Appreciation Session. For more information contact 434-572-4947. Fireworks begin after the last race.



Friday, July 4 – Clarksville downtown

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Location: Downtown Clarksville, Virginia Ave.

Cost: Free

Event: Clarksville’s Ruritan Club annual All American Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs the length of Virginia Avenue from College Street to Second Street. Come out, be a participant or be a spectator. America flags given to the first 1,000 attendees. Each parade entry must be decorated in the All-American Holiday theme. Classes to include golf carts, bicycles, tricycles, walking, etc. For information, call 434-374-2436.



Friday, July 4 – Chase City downtown

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Chase City, Main Street, between the stoplights

Cost: Cruise In – free; Poker Run $10

Event: 4th of July Cruise In & Poker Run (see sidebar)



Friday, July 4 – South Hill’s Picnic in the Park

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Location: Parker Park, 1113 Halifax Street

Cost: Free

Event: Annual Picnic in the Park with the band Midnight Crossfire, sponsored by the Town of South Hill. In addition to the fireworks show after the sun sets, there will be patriotic music, speakers, and a live band, Midnight Crossfire, for dancing and enjoyment. Bring your own lawn chair.

Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.



Friday, July 4 – Brookneal Patrick Henry’s Homestead

Time: 3-9 p.m.

Location: Patrick Henry’s Red Hill, 1497 Red Hill Road

Cost: $10 per car – up to 5 passengers; $2 for each additional passenger

Event: Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to comfortably watch Patrick Henry give his speech at 7:00 p.m. and to watch the fantastic fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. You might also want to bring a flashlight to aid you after dark. No alcohol, personal fireworks (including sparklers), grills, or pets. There will be no re-entry after 5:00 p.m. and the gates close at 9:00 p.m.



Saturday, July 5 – Henderson, N.C. Satterwhite Point

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Location: Satterwhite Point Park, 6254 Satterwhite Point Road, Henderson, N.C.

Cost: Free

Event: The Vance County Tourism Department Independence Day Celebration includes food, T-shirts, glow sticks, and Beach and Carolina Shag dance music provided by The Sand Band. No alcohol allowed. Fireworks begin at dusk (around 9:00 p.m.)



Saturday, July 5 – Littleton, N.C. Lake Gaston

Time: 9:00 p.m.

Location: Eaton’s Ferry Bridge, on Lake Gaston, Littleton, N.C.

Cost: Free

Event: Longbridge Volunteer Fire Department’s annual fireworks over Lake Gaston at the center of the lake near the Eaton’s Ferry Bridge. The size of the show is determined by the donations made to the group over the year. Hundreds watch the event from their boats while others watch from the bridge or the nearby marinas and restaurants. One can see the show for miles and so boaters do not have to be right at the bridge to enjoy the fireworks.

Eaton’s Ferry Bridge will close at 8:00 p.m. in preparation for the show. Other events include picnicking along the shoreline and a neighborhood boat parade. For more information call 252-586-2480, or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).




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