The Independence Day fireworks display at North Wilkesboro’s Memorial Park and the Great American Fire Truck Parade in the Wilkesboros are scheduled Sunday, July 4.

In addition, the Downtown North Wilkesboro Partnership will provide live music the evening of July 4 at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace along the Central Business District (CBD) Loop. Alex Key and the Locksmiths will take the stage with a country music show around 6 p.m., followed by Silvio Martinat’s Swing Band.

These annual events were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A spokesman for the Downtown North Wilkesboro Partnership said people are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for the fireworks display, which starts about 9 p.m. July 4. Leashed pets are allowed, said the spokesman.

People start arriving by early afternoon to claim choice spots for observing the fireworks.

The Independence Day fireworks display are again sponsored by the Wilkes Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Wilkes Journal-Patriot and the governments of Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro and Wilkes County.

The fire truck parade, open to all emergency services vehicles, will begin at 8 p.m. at West Park, North Wilkesboro. From West Park, it will go right on D Street, right on the CBD Loop, right on Sixth Street, right on Cherry Street to Wilkesboro Avenue and cross the Yadkin River to Wilkesboro.

In Wilkesboro, it will turn right on Main Street and go down Main Street to where it will end near the Tyson Foods Inc. complex and the intersection of Main Street and Curtis Bridge Road.’

The parade is sponsored by the Wilkes County Fire & Rescue Association with David Webb, Cricket Fire Department chief, in charge.

Webb said entries in the parade should start arriving at West Park about 5 p.m. via the western entrance near Don’s Char-Grill and will be directed where to go. He that due to safety concerns, no candy will be thrown by parade entries.

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