Fireworks shows, parades as part of local festivities | Local News

Many festivities await Halifax County residents this 4th of July weekend, from patriotic parades in Scottsburg and Elmo to fireworks lighting up the night sky in downtown South Boston and the South Boston Speedway.

Scottsburg 4th of July Parade

The start of the Independence Day weekend festivities is Scottsburg’s annual 4th of July Parade which takes place Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by food, music and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. .

This year’s grand marshal is Isaac Bouldin, 85, a life member of the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

The Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department parade lineup will take place at Scottsburg Elementary School beginning at 9:30 a.m., and the parade will take place over a two-mile route.

After two years of scaled-down celebrations due to COVID-19, a bigger parade and more festivities are in store this year, said Mike Noblin, president of the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

“We’re trying to keep the celebration simple this year, but we’re also trying to slowly bring it back to what it was in the past,” Noblin explained. “We are going to have a car cruise and an ATV cruise. We’re going to have bluegrass bands and inflatables for the kids. And we’ll have barbecue plates, hot dogs, hamburgers, bologna burgers and fries at the fire department.

The Blue Grass Five will kick off the music at 11 a.m. followed by L&S Express.

Additionally, craft vendors will be set up between the street and the fire department mast and a tug of war competition will be held on the tractor pull track behind the fire department, said Ira Wilkerson, president of the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department Support Team.

The July 4 celebration is a major fundraiser for the fire department, and Noblin said proceeds from this year will help the department purchase a new fire truck.

“The 4th of July celebration is a big fundraiser for us, and it helps offset the cost of the equipment we have,” Noblin explained. “We love seeing the community supporting us and letting them know we’re here for them too.”

Wilkerson said he would like to see the July 4 celebration raise $7,500 for the fire department. He noted that the department hadn’t raised as much at celebrations in the past two years in which the department had only held a parade and sold pre-ordered food. The Fire Department Support Team was founded in February to raise funds for the department and currently has 18 members.

Raffle tickets will be sold at Saturday’s celebration to boost fundraising for the department. Tickets are $20 each and the draw for winners will take place as soon as tickets are sold. First prize is a Henry Golden Boy Lever Action .45-40 or $1,000, second prize is a Henry Golden Boy Lever Action .22LR or $500, and third prize is $300.

Downtown South Boston 4th of July Celebration

Head to downtown South Boston on Monday night for a 4th of July celebration with live music, vendors and a fireworks display to top it all off. The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. in the city’s Constitution Square.

“Independence Day is the summer celebration where people wrap themselves in red, white and blue and honor the nation,” said Tamyra Vest, executive director of Destination Downtown South Boston, which organizes the celebration.

“We hope everyone plans to bring family and friends to downtown South Boston on Monday to celebrate the 4th of July,” Vest said. “We hope this event is family-friendly and everyone can enjoy it, and we’re thrilled to honor our nation in such a positive and fun way.”

The 4th of July celebration will begin with the singing of the national anthem by board members and supporters of the Halifax County Little Theatre. Also on the program, music from Big Fade Entertainment, on the Constitution Square stage until 7 p.m., and entertainment from Public Consumption from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening will end with a bang as fireworks light up the sky.

“The finale of the night – a fantastic fireworks display by Francisco Display Fireworks, LLC – will take place at 9:30 p.m.,” Vest said. The fireworks will be visible from afar, and viewers can choose to watch the fireworks either on lawn chairs in Constitution Square or from their cars.

Festival food and children’s activities will be part of the 4th of July celebration. Auburnlea Catering, Holy Smokes BBQ SoBo and other food vendors will serve up dishes that everyone will love, from burgers, hot dogs and hand-dipped ice cream to pulled pork, coleslaw and baked bean sandwiches. bacon. Children’s entertainment will include bouncy castles, a mist tent, pedaling a bike to make ice cream, magic tricks by Marlo and balloon creations by Balloon Dude Travis.

“We have lots to see and do throughout the event, and we are thrilled to have so many organizations and businesses involved and sponsoring our 4th of July celebration,” Vest said.

Independence Day title sponsors include Hitachi Energy, SOVA Innnovation Hub, Halifax County and the City of South Boston. The red, white and blue sponsor is First Horizon Bank. Firecracker sponsors are South Boston Insurance, Fairfield by Marriott, Bagwell & Bagwell PC, Harris Harvey Neal & Co., H&M Logging and Fry, Jordan & Wilson Insurance.

The nearby Factory Street Brewing Company will also be open during the 4th of July celebration, serving craft beers. Hunting Creek Vineyards joins the brewery in serving alcoholic beverages to the Independence Day crowd.

South Boston Speedway Fireworks Show

South Boston Speedway will celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks display Saturday night following the final race at the track. A 200-lap race for the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car division, the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200, is the headliner of the program.

The four-race program begins at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 plus a $1.50 processing fee and $20 at the door on race day.

4th of July Elmo Parade

The annual Elmo Fourth of July Parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday. Line-up for the parade is at 1 p.m. on Ashton Hall. The parade will run from Ashton Hall on River Road to Elmo Grocery.

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