The festivities will begin this weekend in celebration of the nation’s Independence Day. The 26th annual God and Country Celebration will take place on Saturday in East Bend. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with a grand parade down Main Street. Classic cars, tractors, horses, floats and more will parade down the street in honor of the upcoming July 4 holiday.
Serving as grand marshals for this year’s parade are two Yadkin County WWII veterans, Jess Willard and Clyde Wall.
Chairwoman for the planning committee, Shirley Flood, said it was very important to the group to recognize this special group of veterans at this year’s celebration.
Following the parade, the gathering will move to the grounds of East Bend Elementary School at 11:30 a.m. with craft and food vendors and music and dance from area performers. An opening ceremony will begin with the National Anthem, recognition of the grand marshals and other veterans and awards for the parade floats. Entertainment during the day will feature dance groups and musical performances including Rising Sons, Sounds of Bluegrass, Black Spot Banana Band and more.
A service officiated by local churches will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Pastor Eddie Tyson. The day will conclude with fireworks around 9:30 p.m.
The God and Country Celebration is sponsored by local businesses and donations from community members, as well as Yadtel.
On July 4, the town of Yadkinville will celebrate with a parade as well. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. through downtown Yadkinville. Following the parade will be a concert at Yadkinville Elementary School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. featuring the Stan Bobbitt band playing oldies and gospel music.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and chips, as well as homemade ice cream, will be available for purchase. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. The celebration is sponsored by the town of Yadkinville, Yadkin Civitan and the Downtown Business Association of Yadkinville.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.