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Fourth of July With a Bicentennial Flair

South Boston News / June 27, 2018
Among the many Fourth of July celebrations taking place in the area, Clarksville’s is special. The town will kick off its bicentennial with the annual Independence Day parade next Wednesday. Founded in 1818, Clarksville is hosting events throughout the year to celebrate its milestone 200th — with the Independence Day parade kicking things off.

Clarksville’s Fourth of July & 200th Year celebration includes the traditional red, white ‘n’ blue display and downtown parade, beginning at 11 a.m. on Virginia Avenue. Sponsored by the Clarksville Ruritans, the parade lineup will commence at 9:30 a.m. at the Touchstone Bank parking lot. Free hot dogs and drinks will be served afterwards.

As the Town of Clarksville continues its 200th year celebration, look for these events coming up:

“Chaos at the Bicentennial,” a dinner theater performance by the Double Nickel Players, Aug. 3-4 at 6 p.m.

Bicentennial Ceremony, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Fifth Street and Virginia Avenue. The following day, Saturday, Oct. 6, marks the return of the Lake Life Live concert series with “The Band of Oz” and Logan Robinson performing, starting at 3 p.m.

The YMCA double triathlon, “Paddle or Splash, Pedal and Dash, will also be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at Occoneechee State Park.

Community Church Service & Choir performances will be offered Sunday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. on the corner of Fifth and Virginia Avenue. There will also be a Lunch & Tour of the Clarksville Regional Museum at 11:30 a.m. at 801 West Street.

The year-long bicentennial celebration will conclude with a Tobacco Ball on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Clarksville Community Center, and with a “200 Year Theme” for the town’s Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. on Virginia Avenue.

Updates on the 2018 Bicentennial Celebrations can be found at

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