July 4th won't be the same this year. By now, most know that the Lincolnton Independence Day Parade won't be held. Fireworks will still be a part of the Fourth. The fireworks show at Lincolnton High School Stadium will have to be watched from cars or other locations; the stadium won't be open for spectators. It isn't quite the same watching it on tv (or the internet) but the fireworks show will be live-streamed on the City of Lincolnton Facebook page. It begins at 9 PM.
Crouse's annual July 4th Parade won't be held this year, but the Westport Parade will--albeit quite different from the usual. Cars & trucks (decorated or not) will make up the parade; there will be no golf carts, bicycles, or walkers this year. The parade will form in the parking lot at St. Peter By-the-Lake Episcopal Church on Fairfield Forest Road at 9:45 AM Saturday July 4th. The parade will begin at 10 AM and will travel most of the main roads in Westport, ending around 11 AM on Lakeview Drive. The extended route is intended to give everyone the opportunity to view the parade at a safe distance, for Westport residents, right from their homes. A part of this year's revised celebration will include a home decorating contest. Every house in Westport is eligible to enter the Patriotic House Decorating Contest, and the top three winners will receive $50. With the pandemic continuing, there won't be the usual social gathering and food at St. Peter's.
Kings Mountain will have a fireworks show at 9:45 PM July 4th that will be viewable from a wide area including most of the downtown area. They will not have live music or other activities.
The Hickory Crawdads would normally host an Independence Day Celebration with fireworks Friday night, July 3rd following their game at L.P. Franz Stadium--but since baseball has been put on hold, the fireworks show won't happen this year.
Gastonia’s Fourth of July celebration will be modified this year with no food trucks or other activities at the Rotary Pavilion. Gastonia will have fireworks on the Fourth at 9:30 PM. Long Avenue between MLK Jr. Way and Broad Street will be closed from 4-9:45.
The biggest Independence Day celebration, which would have been held this Saturday (June 27th) is still on hold. The Denver Area Business Association had been hoping to held the event July 25th. DABA's annual Fireworks & Music Festival depends on what happens with the virus. If restrictions are lifted, the event is scheduled for 4-10 PM that day at David Clark Stadium at East Lincoln High School. It's still a month away--but at this point, nothing is certain. To keep up with the plans, visit the DABA Facebook page for the latest information.