FOURTH OF JULY HAPPENINGS

If you’re going to be in our neck of the woods and like a little bit of easy going, small town atmosphere on Independence Day, we’ll have three events going on near us on Friday.

The town of Montreat just north of Black Mountain will hold its parade July 4 at 10:30am. Then, beginning at 7pm, Black Mountain will have a street dance and other festivities (arts, crafts, face painting, etc.) near the train depot on Sutton Avenue. Fireworks will begin after 9pm, from an area near Bi-Lo. Best spots for viewing without tree obstruction are downtown locations west of Route 9 (Broadway).

Old Fort’s July 4th celebration will include a parade down Main Street. For information, call 828.668.4244. Additionally, the National Championship Rodeo, sponsored by Old Fort Ruritan, will take place July 4-5. The rodeo includes bull riding and dogging, bareback riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, goat tying, calf scramble and various forms of entertainment. Admission: $8-$10; 8pm. For more information, call 828.668.3110.

Marion’s evning parade will head down Main Street at 6pm on July 4. The McDowell Community Band will perform patriotic and pop music at 6:30 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. The evening fireworks display will begin at 9:45pm. For more information, call 828.652.2215 or 828.652.3551.

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