The Friends of Hillsville (FOH) and the Town have teamed up to plan a July 4 celebration that’s a dandy. A regular Yankee Doodle Dandy. According to Friends of Hillsville spokesperson Jessica Talley, the event’s theme is a “Star Spangled Salute.”
According to Talley, the festivities will begin that day at 4 p.m. with the traditional parade. Joe McGrady will serve as the Grand Marshal.
Judging of parade floats (for cash prizes in various categories) will be at the Carroll County Government Complex. Lineup begins there at 3 p.m. with entrees to be judged arriving no later than 3:15 p.m. The parade will line up and proceed down North Main Street, turn right and finish at VFW Post 1115.
Post parade ceremonies are set to begin around 5 p.m. at the Post with The National Anthem and comments from Mayor Gregory Crowder who will introduce McGrady. A free hot dog dinner at the VFW will be offered for participants following the ceremony. Live music will also be featured inside the Post.
“We made enough hot dog dinners last year to serve a thousand people and we ran out so I’m certain we had more than a thousand participate,” said Talley. “We ran out of meals.”
The band “Backyard Groove” returns to provide entertainment on the outside stage at the VFW at 7 p.m. 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. FOH members will be selling glow-in-the-dark items and July 4 merchandise. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. or dusk.
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.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.