Frances Hayes, Wilkes Journal Patriot4th222

In Wilkes, the festivities include food, games, parades and more.

The Wilkes County commissioners approved fireworks permits for five Independence Day displays. Three will be Saturday, while two more will be on Monday.

The largest celebration will be Monday in North Wilkesboro with the annual Memorial Park fireworks display funded by the Wilkes Law Enforcement Officer’s association, the Wilkes Journal-Patriot, Wilkes County, Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro governments.

The celebration will begin with Marketplace Meltdown from 4-8 p.m. at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace in North Wilkesboro. Live music from blues singer Shelby Rae Moore and Band will be featured. Music is free. The marketplace will be open to pedestrians who can bring chairs and  blankets for seating.

There  will be a snow cone and lemonade vendor, and hot dog vendor. Games include corn hole boards and the misting tent.

“People can hang out with family and friends and listen to the music. They can  watch the fire truck parade fireworks, all from the Yadkin Valley Marketplace,” said Crystal Keener, tourism director, for the Town of North Wilkesboro and the Downtown North Wilkesboro Partnership, which is sponsoring Marketplace Meltdown.

There are many popular spots to watch the fireworks in North Wilkesboro and even Wilkesboro. The grassy area near the old North Wilkesboro Train Depot, just across from the Yadkin Valley Marketplace is one, as well as parking areas and grassy areas on Main Street, North Wilkesboro, Melody Square and Block 46 (former site of American Drew).

A less known, but popular spot to watch the fireworks is the area known as “Sewer Fest,” located near the Wilkesboro Water Treatment Plant.

The North Wilkesboro Police will be out on Saturday for the July 4th festivities.

For more information call 336-667-7129 or email tourism@northwilkesboro.com.

25th annual Great American Fire Truck Parade

Proceeding the North Wilkesboro fireworks will be the 25th annual Great American Fire Truck Parade beginning at 8 p.m.

It is presented by the Wilkes County Fire and Rescue Association. Around 100 fire trucks are expected, representing the 26 fire departments in Wilkes, as well as surrounding counties, said David Webb, a spokesperson.

It will start at West Park in North Wilkesboro and turn right onto D Street. Turn right onto the CBD Loop and travel to Sixth Street. Turn right onto Sixth Street and travel to Cherry Street/Wilkesboro Ave. Turn right onto Cherry Street/Wilkesboro Ave. and stay left onto Wilkesboro Ave. Proceed through stop light and cross Yadkin River bridge to Main Street. Turn right on Main Street and proceed to the end of the parade route at Curtis Bridge Road. 

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