Festive Fourth on tap around region

Jessica Fischer • Jun 29, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Downtown Kingsport will come alive this Fourth of July with food, fun, music and, of course, fireworks.

To help celebrate our nation’s birthday, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce will host the 60th Annual Mack Riddle American Legion Independence Day Parade, beginning at 10 a.m., July 4 in front of the Kingsport Renaissance Center on Center Street and ending in front of the Kingsport Veterans Memorial on Fort Henry Drive.

Later in the day, the Downtown Kingsport Association will host its annual Fourth of July Celebration along Broad Street.

Food vendors will begin selling their wares at 5 p.m. Put on your running shoes and work off those food court calories during the fourth annual Red, White and BOOM! Four-Miler, set for 7 p.m. The event is presented by Fleet Feet Sports and sponsored by First Broad Street United Methodist Church, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Kingsport Community Ministry Center.

Orange Krush, an ‘80s tribute dance party band, will open the evening’s musical entertainment at 6 p.m., and be followed by Shenandoah at 8 p.m.

Fireworks will light up Kingsport’s night sky around 9:45 p.m.

All of the evening’s activities are free. Bring a lawn chair, but leave the pets at home.

For more information, call the Downtown Kingsport Association at (423) 246-6550 or visit www.downtownkingsport.org.

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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton will conclude its “Independence on the Frontier” celebration with a number of events June 30 at the park.

Step back in time 237 years and witness life as it was on the 18th-century frontier when news of American independence reached the colonists.

The celebration will include a militia inspection, artillery drill and demonstration, a worship service, ladies’ tea and children’s activities.

For more information, call (423) 543-5808.

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Rogersville’s 4th of July Celebration will present contemporary Christian superstars The Newsboys and up-and-coming country singer Jana Kramer as its featured acts.

The event gets under way at 6:30 p.m., July 3 with “Celebrate Our Freedom,” a community-wide prayer service. “Let Freedom Ring” is the theme of this year’s parade, which will begin at 4 p.m., July 4 and wind its way through historic downtown Rogersville. The Rogersville Arts Council will present a George and Martha Washington drama at approximately 5 p.m., followed by a free showing of the movie “Independence Day” at 9 p.m. on the Courthouse Annex.

A Cruise In and Car Show, presented by the Rogersville Main Street Program and featuring music by the Ivy Road band, will be held at 5 p.m., July 5.

Festivities will kick into high gear July 6, beginning at 7 a.m. with the Firecracker 4 Miler Road Race. The Firecracker 3 on 3 Shootout begins at 9 a.m. at Rogersville City Park.

Beginning at 1 p.m. at the park, there will be free swimming at the city pool, kids’ games and activities, food vendors and live music.

The Newsboys will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. A fireworks spectacular will close out the day’s events at 10 p.m.

For details, visit the website www.rogersville4thofjuly.com.

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Celebrate Bristol will host a “Star Spangled Weekend” featuring an Independence parade, a car show, live music, a rubber duck race, children’s activities, baseball, movies and more, July 3-5, at various sites in Bristol, Va. and Tenn.

Festivities get under way at 6:30 p.m., July 3 with a watermelon eating contest at home plate at Boyce Cox Field, where the Bristol White Sox will take on the Pulaski Mariners at 7 p.m.

Thursday’s festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with Bristol’s Independence Day Parade on State Street, followed by a Star-Spangled Evening and Lions Club Rubber Ducky Race at Cumberland Square Park, a Border Bash concert featuring performances by the Jon Stickley Trio and L Shape Lot, and fireworks beginning at 10:15 p.m.

The celebration will continue July 5 with the Star-Spangled Car Show, sponsored by the Antique Automobile Club of America — Appalachian Region and BVU, beginning at 5 p.m. in the TriSummit Bank parking lot, followed at 9 p.m. by a drive-in movie under the stars.

For a complete schedule, visit www.celebratebristol.com.

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The Blountville Ruritan Club will hold its annual Independence Day Parade at 2 p.m., July 4 along the Great Stage Road in downtown Blountville. For more information, call (423) 323-4660.

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Greeneville’s “American Downtown” family-friendly Fourth of July celebration will begin at 2 p.m., July 4 with a downtown parade and wrap up that evening with fireworks.

In between, visitors can enjoy musical entertainment, food vendors and children’s activities in the Big Spring area behind the Greeneville-Greene County Library.

The day’s musical lineup includes Sandy Ray and the Cold Shoulders, Nick Fillers, Claxton Creek, Bootleg Turn, Step Cousins, Acoustifried, Capgun Alliance, Savannah Faith, Chad and Makayla Hinkle, and Augusta.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit www.visitgreenevilletn.com.

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The 28th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration, sponsored by Pepsi Beverages Company of Johnson City and the City of Johnson City and presented by Food City, will be held July 4, on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Admission is free.

Entertainment, food service, craft booths and children’s games will get under way at 5 p.m., with the fireworks set to go off at 9:55 p.m.

A number of prize drawings will also be held throughout the evening, with on-site registration for a chance to win a 2013 Ford Fiesta five-door hatchback, a Great Smoky Mountains getaway and a BMS August race weekend package.

Entertainment will include performances by Brinley Addington, Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier, Confederate Railroad and a special tribute to the armed forces.

The Johnson City Transit bus service will offer a free park and ride shuttle to and from the event from both East Tennessee State University (corner of State of Franklin and University Parkway) and the Winged Deer Park Complex parking lots beginning at 5 p.m.

For more details, visit www.pepsi-fireworks.com.

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Historic Jonesborough will celebrate its 43nd Annual Jonesborough Days Festival, July 5-7, with music, crafts and activities celebrating the community and its heritage.

The festival includes craft booths, children’s activities, live entertainment, games, contests and food vendors scattered throughout the historic district.

This year’s parade will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday and wind along Boone and Main streets. Downtown is also the best place to view the fireworks, which will launch at 10 p.m., Saturday just off Main Street. Stick around after the fireworks for a free showing of “Goodbye Miss Fourth of July” on Main Street in front of the Lollipop Shop.

There’ll be entertainment on two stages throughout the weekend, with performances by Logan Murrell, the JV Squad, Mark Kroos and Eddie and Martha Adcock.

For a complete schedule, call (423) 753-1010 or visit www.jonesboroughtn.org.

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Abingdon Main Street will celebrate America’s independence with a Red, White and Beach Party from 6 to 9 p.m., July 6 at the Abingdon Market Pavilion in Abingdon, Va.

The concert, sponsored by Bristol Virginia Utilities, will feature music by 14K Gold and The Tams, best known for their 1968 hit “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy.”

In conjunction with the beach party, an old-fashioned sidewalk sale will be held along Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food vendors and an adult beverage garden will also be set up on site.

Attendees should bring blankets and chairs.

Admission is free.

For more information, call (276) 676-2282 or visit www.facebook/abingdonmainstreet.

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