By Bridget Huckabee
In Stanly County the big Fourth of July event takes place in the small town of Oakboro. And this year the town celebrates its centennial with extra fireworks on Friday July 3 as well as on Saturday July 4. There will be special centennial honors in the July 4 parade as well as the traditional floats featuring veterans, beauty contestants, bands, church groups and much more. The rides open at 6 pm on the midway starting on Tuesday and continuing through the Fourth. There will be entertainment every night throughout the week on the Union Power stage featuring a variety of music. And of course there will be fun activities all day on Saturday the Fourth starting at 9 am with the big parade followed by the opening ceremonies, BBQ lunch at the Fire Department, Miss Stanly County Fire Queen Pageant and more. The celebration ends at dusk with fireworks. This is a traditional small town celebration of the nation’s birthday in its purest form, an event not to be missed.
You can never have too many fireworks to celebrate the Fourth and Woodrun in Montgomery County across the Pee Dee River will have its own display on Friday July 3 at dusk. Morrow Mountain State Park is open until 10 pm and what better place to view the fun than from the summit. Go a little early, pack a picnic and enjoy the view as the lights come on across the county.
Talking of picnics, this is the time of year to enjoy picnics in our many beautiful parks and along our lakes and rivers. Visit our county’s Farmers Markets for your picnic supplies. You’ll find fresh locally grown fruit and veggies, and plenty of homemade goodies to pack into that picnic basket. Stanly County Farmers Market opens twice a week: on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am until noon at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. Locust Farmers Market is on Thursdays from noon until 6 pm in front of Locust school. Oakboro Farmers Market is open from 8 am until noon on Saturdays at the Oakboro Train depot. And Stanly Commons Farmers Market is on Mondays from 8 am until noon.
On Saturday, begin America’s birthday celebration by joining in the Watermelon Run at Morrow Mountain. The event begins at 7 am and is organized by Vac and Dash.
Enjoy this holiday weekend in Stanly County whether it’s taking part in the traditional fun events or creating your own with a picnic in the park, fishing on the lake or grilling hot dogs in the back yard. This is a place where you set your own pace away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Happy Fourth!