Gastonia celebrates Independence Day

June 24, 2017 by  

The 7th annual Gastonia July 4 Festival is taking place next month.

The day will have plenty of different activities that are sure to appeal to everyone in the family, with an opening ceremony at the Rotary Pavilion including the singing of the national anthem and a Vietnam veterans’ pinning and dedication ceremony.

There will be a carnival with free rides, for which guests must pick up tickets at the ticket booth and are only allowed to receive five at a time. There will be musical entertainment at the Rotary Centennial Pavilion that will feature acts such as Raine, the Soul Escape Band, and Caroline Keller. The Le Croix Academy for the Performing Arts will be giving a dance performance.

Food is a big part of July 4 celebrations, and the festival will have plenty of food vendors on hand to feed guests. There are also set to be hot dog, cherry pie, and watermelon eating contests, which will be divided up into two categories – 12 to 16, and 17 and over.

The day will end with a fireworks display at 9:15 PM.

Vendors will also be on hand to sell general merchandise and arts and crafts. Many of them may hand out promotional pens and other samples provided by Gastonia print companies.

The Gastonia July 4th Festival will be held on July 4 itself, beginning at 11:00 AM. Visit the official website for more information.