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July 4 Celebrations Ready To Swing Into Action - Brevard, NC


July 2, 2018

uly 4 is very much a red, white and blue day.

There's no better way to commemorate Independence Day with friends and family than the Heart of Brevard's downtown Fourth of July celebration on Wednesday.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Main Street will transform into a vibrant festival of fun and events, with parades, arts and crafts, food, music and the traditional ceremonies involving the hoisting of the flag and elected officials reading from Thomas Jefferson's own Declaration of Indepen-dence, which was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in 1776 and written to declare the 13 colonies of the United States at the time "independent" from Great Britain.

To celebrate this bold act and the newfound freedom, kick off the day with a bang at the Firecracker Run held by Brevard Rotary, which begins at 8 a.m.

After the run, walk on into the festival at 9 a.m. on Main and Broad streets, where an abundance of arts and events await, such as the 46th Annual Transylvania County Arts Council's Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase, taking place throughout the festival.

Though a city ordinance doesn't allow for pets in the festival, pets can still be patriotic at the Humane Society All Star Pet Show at Silvermont at 9 a.m.

Several musical performances will take place at the Courthouse Gazebo throughout the day starting at 10 a.m., beginning with the Pyramid Brass ensemble, and ending (at 3:30 p.m.) with The Outside Dogs.

Classic cars will be parked along South Broad Street for the 25th Annual Cruisers auto show from 10 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Step out of the festival and over to the Brevard Music Center at 2 p.m. to hear the "1812 Overture," a concert overture written in 1880 by Russian composer Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky to celebrate Russia's defense against Napoleon's army during the Patriotic War of 1812, and later adopted as a symbol for U.S. Independence when on July 4 in 1974, long-time Boston Pops Conductor, Arthur Fiedler, conducted the overture, making it an Independence Day tradition.

Back at the festival, the traditional raising of the American flag will take place at 2:30 p.m., and at 3 p.m., city officials, including Brevard Mayor Jimmy Harris, will read from the Declaration of Indepen-dence.

Over at Rocky's Grill and Soda Shop on Broad Street, try to beat eating 11 hot dogs (the previous winner's record) in seven minutes and win a $100 gift certificate.

Though the downtown festival ends at 5 p.m., festivities continue with a duck race at 6 p.m.

Sponsor a rubber duck for $5 that will race on Kings Creek near the gymnasium at Brevard College.

The money will go to create opportunities and scholarships for youth in the community, and there will be prizes.

The ducks, however, are just in it for the fame.

Also during this time at the Villages of Brevard College, there will be Oskar Blues Brewery's Third Annual AmeriCANiversary from 6 to 10 p.m., with live music, craft beer and food trucks.

And, finally, completing the evening at 9:30 p.m., the sky will be lit with a spectacle of bright and popping pyrotechnics that will be sure to dazzle the eye and terrify the family pets.

The fireworks may be viewed on North Broad Street, at Brevard College or from the Ingles parking lot.

Tune in to WSQL as they present a simultaneous broadcast of patriotic music.

More information about Wednesday's events can be found in a special insert in The Transylvania Times's July 2 edition (pages 5a-8a).

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