Fireworks, parades and good times to celebrate Independence
Start the Fourth of July holiday with the popular Denver Area Business Association’s (DABA) Fireworks Festival on Saturday, June 30. The Fireworks Festival will be held at East Lincoln High School.
Then on Wednesday, July 4th, there is the community oriented parade that encourages all to dress the part to promote the Fourth celebration. The Westport Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on July 4. Entries in the parade will line up at Fairfield United Methodist Church on Fairfield Forest Road and travel down the parade route to St. Peter by-the-Lake Episcopal Church where the kids can enjoy free hotdogs, a “bouncy house” and an inflatable slide. Parade entries range from festive decorated golf carts to kids on bicycles. Even parade watchers get in on the act wearing their finest patriotic outfits. And don’t forget the annual 4th All-American Breakfast at Webb’s Chapel United Methodist Church to start your holiday off right. It’s a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July.
The 12th Annual Community Fireworks Festival at East Lincoln High School on June 30 begins with the Battle of the Bands at 5 p.m. There will be lots of vendors set up and a raffle at 9 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m. Perfect viewing of the fireworks show is from the football stadium seating. There is a lot to do and admission is free.
“One of the most popular and fun public event hosted by DABA is the annual fireworks show,” said organizers. “Celebrating our independence and community with a huge fireworks show, draws thousands of spectators.”
It is hailed as one of the best pyrotechnic shows in the area. And it is free, so you don’t want to miss it.
Activities will begin at 5 p.m. with vendors and entertainment. The “Battle of the Bands” was started last year. Local bands will compete for the “bragging rights” to be named the 2012 Fireworks Festival Booming Band. You will be able to vote for your favorite band by placing a dollar per vote in that band’s box. But the entertainment and fun doesn’t stop there. There will be food, drinks, and rides along with the raffle.
The fifth Annual All-American July 4th Breakfast at Webb’s Chapel United Methodist Church on Wednesday (July 4). Serving begins at 8 a.m. and goes until 11 a.m. unless sold out early. Last year they served 600 hungry folks and ran out of food at 10:30 a.m. so get there early and bring a good appetite.
This is an all you can eat breakfast. The menu includes country ham, bacon, livermush, homemade biscuits, eggs, hashbrowns, grits, sausage gravy, fruit, pastries, coffee and juice. This year they will add pancakes for the first time. There will also be two serving lines to help speed things up and outdoor seating. Don’t let long lines stop you. Things will move fast. Plates are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. You can dine-in or take out.
To reach Webbs, take Webbs Road off Highway 16. Turn left at the stop sign on Burton Lane and then take the first right on Webbs Chapel Church Road. The church will be on your right and the Family Life Center is behind the church.
$5 for adults; $5, kids under 12. The proceeds are going to our playground. “We are attempting to replace the wooden one we have now,” said an organizer.
After you enjoy this huge breakfast, make your way over to Westport for its annual Community Fourth of July Parade. All are welcome. The Annual Westport Fourth of July Parade has become a local favorite.
The parade begins on July 4 at 10 a.m. Registration for parade entries begins at 9 a.m. at Fairfield United Methodist Church. This parade follows the route from Fairfield UMC down Fairfield Forest Road to St. Peter by-the-Lake Episcopal Church where the awards ceremony will take place.
Up for grabs are prizes for Best Decorated Tricycle (up to age 6); Best Decorated Bicycle (ages 7-13); Best Pulled Wagon, Wheelbarrow, etc.; Best Lawnmower, golf cart, ATV, etc.; Best Decorated Skater or Skateboarder; Best Costume (boy and girl to age 13); Best Decorated Mailbox and Residence (on the parade route); Best Decorated Automobile; Best Decorated Pet; and Best Float. Veterans also will be honored in the parade and at the ceremony. If you or a loved one is a veteran, please call Connie at 704-489-6099.
Free treats will be available at the Awards Ceremony. Come on out. Decorate yourself and your vehicle and join the fun. There will also be a giant slide and a jumpy house for the little kids at St. Peter.
This is open to all. For more information, call 704-489-6099. Or if you’d like to help, call Bev at 704-966-0207.
That night, you can head over to Lincolnton for its Fourth of July Fireworks Show at Lincolnton High School Football Stadium. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. in downtown Lincolnton with games and activities. There is a parade through downtown at 8 p.m. The festivities move over to the high school football stadium for the memorial ceremony at 9:15 p.m. followed by the evening capped off with the fireworks show at 9:35 p.m. This is also a free event