Wise parade today; Vance activities slated for Saturday

Jul. 03, 2013 @ 06:04 PM

Searches for the big July 4th celebration will be outside of Vance County, or waiting for the weekend.

Today and tonight, the pickings are slim and none.

In Warren County, the Wise community will be out in force this morning for the annual July 4th Parade and Festival.

The annual event on Kerr Lake, complete with fireworks and people by the thousands, is scheduled for Saturday evening.

And the annual event put on by the Cokesbury Volunteer Fire Department will be staged on Saturday this year.

Today in Wise, the parade will line up at 9 a.m. and step off at 10. John Ernest Moody, a World War II veteran, is the grand marshal.

Steve Owens and Summertime will provide musical entertainment under the shady oaks at Wise Baptist Church, where veterans will be recognized, food and vendors will be on hand, and children’s activities will be plentiful.

At Kerr Lake on Saturday night, “The Seaside Band” will play Carolinas beach and shagging tunes as well as oldies between 6:30 and 10 p.m. Fireworks will cap the display. Vendors with food, T-shirts and glow sticks among other items are expected to be on hand.

The event is free and open to the public, with primary activities happening at Satterwhite Point. Alcohol is not allowed.

Chris Wright, the fire chief at Cokesbury, said the event this year will be similar to a year ago.

“We’ll have fireworks at dark, gates open at 6, hot dogs, chips, drinks and donations,” Wright said.

Music will be provided by a disc jockey. Wright said donations help pay for the fireworks and anything beyond that goes into a building fund.

“We had probably close to 600 last year,” Wright said. “That’s one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen.”

Wright said the department is worried about staging the event on the same night as activities at Kerr Lake. The change was brought about due to vacation schedules and parking.

“We appreciate everybody’s support,” Wright said. “Bring the kids and family.”

Contact the writer at awooten@hendersondispatch.com.