4th of July events in the area

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Newton
Enjoy a splash of a good time at the Newton Parks and Recreation Center’s swimming pool on July 3, 2015 for their Independence Day Splash Blast.  Area residents can visit the pool for a refreshing swim, games, karaoke, ice cream and fun activities for the entire family.
The price of admissions:
$1 for children up to 5 years old
$2 for adults 62 years and older
$3 for children ages 6 years to 17 years old.
$4 for adults 18 years to 61 years
For additional information, call the Newton Recreation Department at 828-695-4317 or call the Newton Recreation Pool at 828-695-4361.
Maiden
The town of Maiden will host their annual Edith Pirkle 4th of July Parade on Saturday, July 4, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Maiden Library. Participants should arrive early. The parade will end at the Cornerstone Church, where local youth groups will be selling food and other goodies. 
Hickory

The Hickory Crawdads will host an Independence Day Celebration with fireworks on Friday, July 3rd following the game. The game begins at 7 p.m. 4th of July Fireworks will also be displayed at the Crawdads' Stadium on Saturday, July 4. 
While the Hickory Crawdads are playing an “away” game on Saturday, July 4, there will be a 4th of July celebration featuring a Timberworks Lumberjacks competition at L.P. Frans Stadium starting at 7 pm.  Following will be a Fireworks show to celebrate America’s 239th Birthday!
All tickets are $12. Each ticket will be assigned to a specific section. However, the seats in each section will be first-come, first-serve.
For more information visit hickorycrawdads.com. 

Hickory
On Thursday, July 2, 2015, get out your red, white and blue and join the fun at the annual Happy Birthday, America! parade and family sing-along celebration at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. Kids of all ages are encouraged to decorate their “wheels” in holiday red, white, and blue.
Strollers, bicycles, tricycles, wagons and scooters are all welcome to participate in the parade. Drape your wheels in streamers or bunting in true patriotic style. Don’t forget to decorate your helmet too! Special guests from the Hickory Police Department, a Fire Engine and Pluggie from the Hickory Fire Department will be on hand along with Conrad, the Hickory Crawdad’s mascot.
A patriotic sing-along with Sharon Clarke kicks off the fun in the library at 11:00 a.m. and the parade will immediately follow around the SALT Block parking lot. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories for best decorated “wheels”.
This fun-filled family event is free and open to the public.

Morganton
Don’t miss a spectacular fireworks show this Independence Day in Morganton. There will be games, music, vendors, and much more at this year’s Old Time July 4th celebration!
For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (828) 438-5350. This event is sponsored by the City of Morganton Parks and Recreation Department.

\Valdese
This year as part of the Family Friday Nights Concert Series in Valdese NC, enjoy an Independence Day Celebration with Fireworks, and entertainment provided by too MUCH SyLviA, on Friday, July 3, 2015.
Every Friday night during the summer months, the Family Friday Nights Concerts’ music starts at 7 pm at the Town of Valdese parking lot beside Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street.
Each year the Town of Valdese celebrates Independence day by holding an impressive fireworks display on the football field behind the Old Rock School.
Some say it is one of the most impressive fireworks displays in the area.  The Town of Valdese sponsors this celebration with a brilliant light display that bursts at a lower altitude which allows for a variety of swirls and explosions. Plenty of ooohs and ahhhs for everyone!

Huntersville
A Firecracker 5K & Super Soaker 100 yard Dash will be held Saturday, July 4, at the Huntersville Family Fitness and aquatic Center, 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville. The 5k begins at 7:45 a.m. and the Super Soaker begins at 9 a.m. For the novice to the expert competitive runner, this 5k road race features a medium to moderate course, fun & festive atmosphere and race participation qualifies you for a full day of fun in the sun! Proceeds go to benefit the HFFA Scholarship Program for Summer Camp & Preschool.

Come show your patriotism when Lake Norman Hyundai joins the Town of Huntersville and Birkdale Village to host the 11th Annual 4th of July Celebration on Saturday, July 4th, 2015. Activities will take place in Birkdale Village from 10am-1pm.
We will have decorations for the children's bikes to get them ready for the parade, hair painting, bubble makers, balloon twisters, music, water fight between the fire stations, and a whole lot more.
The Sixth Annual Bike Safety Rodeo will be also returning to Birkdale Village on July 4th, starting at 9:00 a.m. until the beginning of the parade (roughly 2 hours). The course will be designed to provide safety instructions and bike handling counsel to youngsters between the ages of three through 16 (high school). Volunteers from Cool Breeze Cyclery & the Trek Bicycle Stores of Charlotte will be on hand to provide free bike safety checks in their maintenance tent, coupons for discounted bike helmets and maintenance at their three stores, and to man the safety course, coaching young riders. For further information on the Bike Safety Rodeo please contact, Geoff Steele (704) 875-8876.
Admission and Parking are FREE!

Alexander County
The 2nd annual Alexander County Independence Day Celebration Event will be on Saturday, July 11, 2015.
This event includes family-fun festivities including free old-fashioned games such as sack races, egg races, wheelbarrow races, tug of war, cornhole tournaments, firemen competitions, food/arts/crafts vendors, live music all afternoon, and more… concluding with a free fireworks display!
The free Kiddie Patriotic Parade kicks off the day at 12:00 noon. All activities will be held on the campus of Alexander Central High School. Visit beautiful Alexander County in the foothills of western NC for a day filled with old-fashioned fun and patriotic pride.

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