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Have A Big Time For The Fourth / June 28, 2017

There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate America’s independence as Mecklenburg County towns and outlying communities host a variety of Fourth of July parades, concerts, fireworks displays and other events.

The Town of Chase City takes the lead Saturday morning, July 1 with the 100 Mile Yard Sale, which is free to shoppers and will last from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Later in the day, Clarksville gets into the act with the second in its downtown Lake Life Live concerts, featuring the Part Time Party Band. The July 1 concert starts at 5 p.m., around the same time the Lake Country Cruise-In takes place downtown. Concert tickets are $5.

On Sunday, the celebration continues in La Crosse with the Rosemont Winery Summer Concert Series, with the Feature Attraction Band taking the Rosemont stage at 5 p.m. On Monday, it’s South Hill’s turn as the town holds its Picnic in the Park celebration a day ahead of the Fourth of July. There will be food, music, games and entertainment, along with a fireworks show at dusk.

Tuesday is the 4th of July, and the Town of Clarksville will celebrate with its downtown parade, sponsored by the Clarksville Ruritans. Everyone is invited to participate — please decorate your bikes, trikes and other people-powered vehicles in red, white and blue — and free hot dogs and other treats will be served at the end of the 11 a.m. parade.

For a rundown of various events in Mecklenburg and nearby counties timed for the 4th of July holiday, please turn to our special section beginning on page B1.

And have a happy Fourth of July!

Summer Theatre Celebration,

The Prizery

Location: 700 Bruce Street, South Boston

Show times and dates: June 30 and July 1 at 7:30 p.m., July 2 at 3 p.m.

Performance: “Red, White and Broadway”

A revue of Broadway hits and patriotic songs made for the Independence Day weekend celebration, brought to you by the professional summer theatre season cast at The Prizery in South Boston. For tickets call the Prizery box office at (434) 572-8339 or go online at

Saturday, July 1

100 Mile Yard Sale

Location: Chase City to Chula Junction along Rt. 360, Hwys. 15 & 47

15 and 47

Time: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Cost: Free to shoppers, $10 to sellers

There will be more than 100 miles of yard sales starting Saturday, July 1 starting at 7 a.m. The sales go from Chula Junction on Highway 360 to Highway 47 to Chase City Main Street, then go up on Highway 92 to Highway 360 to South Boston. We guarantee that you will find bargains galore! Chase City’s Main Street will be closed from stoplight to stoplight from 7 a.m. until TBD.

For more information contact Lisa Gillispie at 434-210-1552.

South Boston Speedway racing and fireworks

Location: South Boston Speedway, 1188 James D. Hagood Highway 360

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Cost: $15 for adult general admission in advance, $20 on raceday, $10 for youth (ages 7-12).

Event: A Saturday night race complete with the annual fireworks. Qualifying races start at 4:30 p.m., with a concert featuring Mike Brooks and the Konnection Band. The first of four races – the Hornets 20, the Limited Sportsman 100, the Pure Stock 50 and the Late Model 200 – start at 7 p.m. For more information, contact 434-572-4947. Fireworks begin after the last race.

Patriotic Parade

Location: Downtown Littleton, Mosby Avenue, Littleton, NC

Time: 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

Lake Life Live Summer Series

Location: Downtown Clarksville, corner of 5th Street and Virginia Avenue

Time: 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $5

Performance: Part Time Party Time Band. Beer is available for purchase. The Cottage Barn will have hotdogs, chips, and soda for purchase.

Lake Country Cruisers Cruise In

Location: Clarksville – downtown on Virginia Avenue

Time: 4 p.m. – dark

Cost: free to public

Bring your old or new ride to downtown Clarksville

Love Letters by A. R. Gurney (play)

Location: Jamieson Memorial Methodist Church Fellowship Hall

219 Fifth St., Clarksville

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Cost: Free, but donations will be accepted for the Backpack Buddies program

“Love Letters” by A. R. Gurney is the story of Melissa and Andrew as told through their letters. Two actors read a lifetime of correspondence, painting a humorous and haunting portrait of the life they shared.

Lake Gaston Annual Fireworks

Location: Eaton Ferry Bridge, Littleton, NC

Time: At dark (approximately 9 p.m.)

Cost: Free

Longbridge Volunteer Fire Department’s annual fireworks over Lake Gaston at the center of the lake near the Eaton’s Ferry Bridge. Hundreds watch the event from their boats while others watch from the bridge or from the nearby marinas and restaurants. One can see the show for miles and boaters do not have to be right at the bridge to enjoy the fireworks. Eaton’s Ferry Bridge will close at 8 p.m. in preparation for the show.

For more information contact Robert Haislip (252) 532-3543 or Bruce Dunlevy (252) 532-5225

Independence Day Weekend Celebration

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

Tome: 6:30 – 10 p.m.

Cost: free

Come Celebrate 101 years of NC State Parks at Satterwhite Point and the beginning of our nation with music, food, and activities for children. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy. No alcohol allowed.

Sunday, July 2

Rosemont Summer Concert Series

Location: Rosemont Winery, 1050 Blackridge Rd., LaCrosse

Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Music: Feature Attraction Band

Part of the 2017 Summer Concert Series, the Feature Attraction Band will perform for the All American bash to kick off the Fourth of July festivities.

For cost or more information contact (434) 636-9463

Monday, July 3

Picnic in the Park (with fireworks)

Location: Parker Park, 1598 Halifax St.

Time: 6 – 10 p.m.

Cost: Free

Fireworks, games, food and fun

Performance: Feature Attraction Band

21st Annual Picnic in the Park starring the Feature Attraction Band. Bring your lawn chairs and games for the kids, and relax. Fireworks shoot off at 9:15 p.m.

For more information go to

Tuesday, July 4

4th of July Celebration and Parade, U.S. 1 Route 401, downtown Wise, NC

Time: 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Get there early to find a roadside perch to watch the festivities. Then, after the parade, make your way to the Wise Baptist Church and enjoy fellowship, food, and fun. There will be a classic car show and musical entertainment from Steve Owens & Summertime. And don’t miss the delicious homemade ice cream

4th of July Parade

Location: Downtown Clarksville, Virginia Avenue

Time: 11 a.m. – 12 noon

Cost: Free

Show your patriotism to the United States of America and salute our veterans by being a participant or a spectator at the 2017 Independence Day Parade in Clarksville!

Each parade entry must be decorated in the All-American Holiday Theme; classes to include floats, bands, golf carts, bicycles, tricycles, walking

Free lunch and live music after the celebration.

Call for more information 434-374-0794

Celebration at Red Hill, Patrick Henry’s Homestead

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

Time: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: $10 for each vehicle with 5 passengers, $2 for each extra person.

Celebrate Independence Day at Patrick Henry’s Red Hill, last home and burial place of Virginia’s first governor. Patrick Henry visits and tells of his life and times. There will be fireworks, re–enactments, living history, tours, kids’ games, arts and crafts vendors and more. There will be food and drink from vendors on site, though guests can bring a picnic lunch. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a peaceful day on the beautiful grounds of this home which Henry called “the garden spot of the world.” Events begin at three and admissions closing at 9 p.m. Fireworks are launched at dusk. For the safety of all, alcohol, personal fireworks (including sparklers), pets and grills are prohibited. For directions and detailed event scheduling, visit

7th Annual Fourth of July Parade, Elmo

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Ashton Hall

There is no registration or fee involved. Line up will be in the lane at Ashton Hall beginning at 1 p.m. The parade will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and proceed north on state Rt. 662, turn right on River Road and proceed east through downtown Elmo to New Arbor Baptist Church. Floats, fire departments, politicians, any ethnic or political group, old cars and trucks, tractors, wagons, horses, dogs, lawn mowers and RV’s are invited to participate. Come join us for this family oriented and fun event. Bring a lawn chair. For more information, contact Pam Alderson at 703-845-8495 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or J.B. Tate 434-753-2510, email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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