The town of Yadkinville will celebrate the nation’s birthday on Saturday with a parade, live music and of course, fireworks. Hosted by the Downtown Business Association with assistance from the Yadkinville Fire Department, the parade will begin in downtown Yadkinville at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Line up for parade participants will begin at 3 p.m. on Progress Lane. In case of rain, the parade will be moved to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Applications to participate in the parade are available on the Yadkinville Fire Department’s Facebook page and must be turned in by July 3.
Organizer Jerry Carlton said the July 4th parade is a tradition that has spanned more than 15 years.
Patriotic floats, horses, the area Honor Guard, tractors and more will be part of the festivities, Carlton said. This year’s grand marshal is Jacob Shore. Shore is a young child who suffers from a rare blood disorder. The town began the tradition a few years ago of having an area youth who is battling some type of illness or other life challenge to serve as the grand marshal for both the July 4th parade and the annual Christmas parade.
Shore is not quite 3-years old, Carlton said, and though he likely won’t remember serving as the grand marshal, it is sure to be special for his parents.
“In doing this we think we make folks aware of his disease and we just think that’s the right thing to do to spotlight somebody that’s in your county other than just a TV reporter. We think that’s much more suitable,” Carlton said.
Immediately following the parade, there will be a concert on the grounds of Yadkinville Elementary School featuring performer Stan Bobbitt. Hot dogs, hamburgers and homemade ice cream also will be available at the concert which is sponsored by the Yadkinville Civitan Club.
“We have found that it is a special time,” Carlton said of the July 4th festivities.
Perhaps the most popular part of the celebration is the fireworks display which will begin at 9:30 p.m. Carlton said the town is always “jam packed” to see the spectacular fireworks show.
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