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1. The celebration starts in Denver

Lincoln County’s Independence Day festivities begin with the annual Westport Fourth of July Parade at 10 a.m. The procession will depart from Fairfield United Methodist Church in the Westport development, with Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam leading the way. Beam will be followed by local veterans riding in convertibles. Next come the floats, fire trucks, children on bikes and walking groups made up of adults and children in patriotic costumes. The North Lincoln Band of Knights will also march in the parade, providing a musical backdrop for the celebration. The parade will come to an end at the Episcopal Church of St. Peter-by-the-Lake, where the participating veterans will be honored and awards will be given out in multiple categories. A hot dog lunch will be provided, and a bounce house and giant slide will be on-hand for the children. As is tradition, the parade route will be lined with American flags donated by the Dovi family and placed by a group of volunteers. Those with trucks, cars, floats and golf carts can register at 9:15 a.m. at Fairfield Forest Road and Shanklin Lane, while walkers, bicyclists and veterans register at 9:15 a.m. at Fairfield United Methodist Church. Veterans and convertible owners willing to drive a veteran in the parade are asked to contact Patty Korn at pattykornpjk@aol.com. All other inquiries should be directed to parade co-chairs Emily Gentry (emgentry2@att.net) and Ruth Netting (ruthnetting@yahoo.com).


2. The day continues in Crouse

The celebration will continue with the 27th annual Crouse Fourth of July Parade at 4 p.m. Interested churches, organizations and individuals are encouraged to bring golf carts, tractors with trailers, floats, lawn mowers with trailers, classic cars, trucks, bicycles, goats and horses with wagons or buggies to participate. Parade entrants will begin lining up around 3 p.m. at Crouse United Methodist Church on Pleasant Grove Church Road. For more information, contact Mona Ramsey at rramsey6@bellsouth.net.


3. The festivities conclude with fireworks

The day will come to a close with the annual Lincolnton Fourth of July Celebration. It’s all about the children from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a kids zone set up along the 100 and 200 blocks of East Main Street, where bounce houses, face painting and a variety of games will be offered. The Lincolnton Fire Department will also be present, with a sprinkler running for anyone who needs to cool off. The parade will begin at 8:30 p.m., with the route running from Fifth Third Bank at the corner of East Main Street and Cedar Street to Lincolnton High School on North Aspen Street. The celebration will conclude with fireworks at the Lincolnton High School football stadium beginning at 9:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided and concession stands will be open. For more information, call 704-735-2671.

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