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Parade in Scottsburg, fireworks in South Boston / June 22, 2020
Local celebrations for the Fourth of July will kick off with a parade in Scottsburg at 10 a.m. and will conclude with evening fireworks at Constitution Square, hosted by Destination Downtown South Boston.

Sarah Allred, a Scottsburg volunteer firefighter, said the department was initially hesitant to host its annual patriotic parade, but with so many things cancelled, members wanted for people to have something to do for Independence Day. The Town of South Boston isn’t holding its parade this year, although the free nighttime fireworks are a “go.”

Even in the Town of Scottsburg, Fourth of July activities will be scaled back from past years’ festivities. There will not be any candy tossed out during the parade, but spectators will see lots of fire trucks, antique cars, and more. There is no fee to enter the parade and there is still time to sign up to participate.

“We are still signing up participants and hopefully some horse riders will clop along too,” said Allred.

The Scottsburg parade will be observing social distancing with cones along the sidewalk designating the appropriate six foot distance. Please maintain six feet between you and others (not in the same household) and wear a face mask.

The public is welcome to bring their chairs to relax and noise makers to cheer as the parade passes by. The parade route will start at Scottsburg Elementary School and follow Scottsburg Road into the town.

“It will be tailgate style, that’s what we are saying,” said Allred.

Due to COVID-19, traditional parade day activities — including the fireman’s competition and dunking booth — will not be offered. Barbecue plates will be sold as a fundraiser with all the proceeds going to support the Scottsburg Fire Department. The BBQ plates include beans, slaw, can drink, and dinner roll for $10. To ensure your plate, call in advance.

Making BBQ reservations “will help volunteers pack the pre-orders and have extra for sale if needed,” said Allred.

The field behind the fire department will be available for first come, first serve parking. There will be areas roped off for drive-thru BBQ purchases and no parking will be allowed in those areas.

As an additional fund raiser, raffle tickets will be available for purchase in advance and during the parade with three cash prizes — $500, $300 and $200. Winners will be notified, so you don’t have to be present to win.

To participate in the parade contact Allred at 434-579-6393. To reserve a BBQ plate or purchase a raffle ticket contact Kelli Douglas at 434-446-3087 or Kandice Scott at 804-720-9452.

The Town of South Boston is holding its fireworks display on Saturday, July 4 without additional activities or entertainment due to COVID-19 precautions. Fireworks provide an opportunity to celebrate the Fourth of July while still maintaining healthy practices.

The fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m. in Downtown South Boston. The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center parking lot will be blocked off and unavailable to park in, as this area is where the fireworks will be staged.

“We encourage you to enjoy the display from your car, or your front porch if you are able to do so,” said Tamyra Vest, executive director of Destination Downtown South Boston.

If you do get out of your car, please practice social distancing, with masks being required, and guests are asked to maintain six feet from others. Most importantly, stay home if you are sick.

The parade, music, and food festivities have been cancelled. The fireworks will also be streamed live on Destination Downtown South Boston’s Facebook page. Residents are invited to enjoy the show and the holiday from the safety of their homes.

For more information about the fireworks display, contact Vest at 434-575-4209.

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