Fireworks, parade set for July 4
Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 
Staff Journal Patriot
The only public fireworks show for Independence Day in Wilkes County this year will be the annual display at North Wilkesboro’s Memorial Park on Tuesday, July 4.
The fireworks at Memorial Park will be set off about 9 p.m. They are sponsored by the Wilkes Law Enforcement Officers’ Association, Wilkes County government, the towns of North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro and the Wilkes Journal-Patriot.
Preceding this will be the 26th annual Great American Fire Truck Parade, starting at 8 p.m. and led by Wilkes Fire Marshal Kevin Bounds.
The fire truck parade starts on West Park Drive in North Wilkesboro, goes right on D Street, right on the Central Business District Loop, right on Sixth Street and then right on Cherry Street to Wilkesboro Avenue.
It will then go on Wilkesboro Avenue across the Yadkin River to Main Street, Wilkesboro, turn right on Main Street and proceed through downtown Wilkesboro before ending at the intersection of Main Street and Curtis Bridge Road.
A spokesman for the Wilkes County Fire & Rescue Association, which presents the parade, said no candy will be thrown from fire trucks or other emergency vehicles.
The spokesman said the parade is open to all fire departments and other emergency services. Staging for participants begins at 6 p.m. at West Park. For more details, send an email to jwright.wilkesborofire@gmail.com.
The parade and fireworks are part of the Town of North Wilkesboro’s Market Meltdown, which also features live music and food trucks at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace on the CBD Loop from 3-9 p.m. For more details call 336-667-7129 or email tourism@north-wilkesboro.com.
The Wilkes County commissioners on June 20 approved fireworks permits for the annual display at CrossRoads Harley-Davidson on U.S. 421 West in Wilkesboro on July 1, as well as the display at Memorial Park.
Bounds said a CrossRoads spokesman told him later last week that the display at that location had been cancelled.
The Traphill and Roaring River fire departments and Wilkesboro Raceway Park have had Independence Day fireworks displays in the past, but not this year.
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