The Town of Hillsville and the Friends of Hillsville (FOH) are going to make sure locally, everyone gets to “let freedom ring” during the annual July 4 Celebration.
According to Friends of Hillsville spokesperson Jessica Talley, the festivities are slated to begin that day at 4 p.m. with the traditional parade. This year’s theme is “Our Country; Our Heritage.”
Judging of parade floats at the Carroll County Government Complex is set to begin no later than 3:15 p.m. at the complex. The parade will line up and proceed down North Main Street, turn right and finish at VFW Post 1115. Prizes will be awarded for various categories of floats. Opening ceremonies are set to begin at 5 p.m. at the Post with The National Anthem and comments from Mayor Gregory Crowder and Grand Marshal Mary Jett, who is 102 years old and a resident of Hillsville.
A free hot dog meal at the VFW will again be offered for participants following the opening ceremony. Live music will be featured inside the Post from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The band “Backyard Groove” will be featured on the outside stage at the VFW. According to Talley, the group has become a favorite among celebration regulars. Free watermelon also returns to the affair this year and will be served outside under a shelter behind the post. Fireworks by the Hillsville Fire Department are scheduled to begin at dusk with bands playing through the fireworks.
“There are just all kind of things you can do,” Talley said.
The cooperative effort between the FOH and the Town is bolstered by community donations. Talley praised the continued support of local businesses, community and local churches for the donations which make the activities possible.