Getting ready for the holiday

Area Independence Day festivities abound
Jul. 02, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and there are a number of attractions in the Tri-County where people can celebrate the holiday.

Wise will hold its 13th annual Independence Parade and Festival on Friday in the small Warren County community.

Delaine Perkinson, who helps organize the event, said the parade will start at 10 a.m., though people are encouraged to come early to secure a parking spot.

The community-wide festival, featuring 23 vendors, begins at noon in the church yard.

She said different organizations and churches sell food — like fish plates, barbecue pork, homemade ice cream, hot dogs and hamburgers.

The grand marshal will be Joel Miller, a Tuskegee Airman who served in World War II.

Randy Cook and the Commonwealth Bluegrass Band will be the featured entertainment.

Perkinson said the local volunteer fire department began the event in 2001, before the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11.

“We just want to honor our veterans,” she said. “We want to give them their day. We felt so strongly that we could have something that our community could be proud of.”

She said the parade does not allow motorcycles or alternative terrain vehicles.

“We are all about safety and fun and honoring our veterans,” she said. “I think that’s why it’s endured.”

In Vance County, a fireworks display will be held Saturday at Satterwhite Point.

“We are expecting a big crowd,” said Nancy Wilson, Vance County tourism director. “We have gotten a lot of phone calls and a lot of interest.”

Wilson also encourages people to arrive early to get a parking place.

“Unfortunately, when the park fills up, we have to close the gates and turn people away,” she said.

In addition to fireworks, there will be food vendors and entertainment by the Sand Band.

The Cokesbury Volunteer Fire Department will also have a fireworks display Saturday at the fire department with food vendors and a DJ.

Cokesbury Fire Chief Chris Wright said gates open at 6 p.m., and fireworks start at dark.

On Saturday, Butner will have its annual Fireworks Celebration at Lake Holt, with gates opening at 6 p.m.

Everyone attending must be through the gates by 8:45 p.m. The fireworks show will begin once it gets dark.

There will be a DJ and food concessions. Alcohol and pets are not allowed.

Organizers will still continue with the fireworks show if the rain appears to be brief.

In the event of major storms, the rain date is scheduled for Sunday, July 6.

The events in Wise and Satterwhite Point don’t have rain dates scheduled in case of inclement weather.


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