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Fireworks, food and fun on the Fourth

SoVaNow.com / July 03, 2014
Looking for hot dogs and hot rods, flags and parades, fireworks and festivities this Fourth of July? There’s no shortage of events in the area to celebrate the founding of America. 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 This first-time event in the Town of Chase City is a fundraiser for the downtown revitalization effort to create a pocket park at the corner of Second and Main. 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.

Friday, July 4 – Red Hill, Brookneal Patrick Henry’s Homestead, near Brookneal
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 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.

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 — Danville's Fourth of July Celebration
Time: 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Location: Fireworks at Carrington Pavilion
Cost: Free
Event: The annual celebration's gates open at 6:00 p.m. and will feature free entertainment, and arts and crafts for the kids. Food concessions and amusement rides will also be available. Sponsored by the URW Community Federal Credit Union, J&J Equipment Rentals and Danville Parks and Recreation. Captain Jim will begin at 6:45 p.m. and Janice Price takes the stage at 8 p.m. The grand fireworks display (weather permitting) will be at dusk.

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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