July 4th activities in Davie

Published 10:16 am Thursday, June 30, 2016

Antique tractors and engines kick off Davie’s July 4th celebrations on Friday.

Sponsored by the Piedmont Antique Power Association, gates to the free show at the Masonic Picnic Grounds off North Main Street in Mocksville open at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday for the show, which routinely features more than 200 old machines, as well as food and craft vendors and plenty of activities including cow patty bingo, with the winner selected around 7.

Bingo sponsored by Davie Senior Services begins at 5 p.m. Friday.

At 6:30 on Friday, there will be tractor skill events, a kiddie pedal race, a ladies pedal pull and frying pan toss contest, and a wrench toss contest. Music by Gaining Ground will begin during this time.

The Masons of Davie will provide food, and wagon rides will be offered through Rich Park. Kiddie train rides are available, and there will be a monster truck bounce house.

A raffle will be held for a 1952 John Deere “M,” or $2,000. The winner does not have to be present.

Saturday, Junior Bowden will lead the tractors lining up for the 10 a.m. parade on North Main Street, traveling through Downtown Mocksville before returning to the picnic grounds, where there will be a watermelon eating contest, kiddie pedal pull and auction. Activities conclude about 3 p.m. Saturday.

The newly-formed Davie Recreation Department is heading Saturday’s celebration on the YMCA track and in Rich Park, including a fireworks display expected to start at about 9:15 p.m.

Limited parking is available in the park. When the lots are full, no more vehicles will be allowed inside the park, and visitors will have to park at the Brock and the library on North Main Street. No parking will be allowed on Cemetery or North Main Street, or on Park Avenue.

Events start at 6 p.m. on the YMCA track, with food vendors, fun and music coordinated by Block Party Productions, games, inflatables and pony rides.

The fireworks show will conclude with a 330-shell finale. “It is going to be quite a show,” said Recreation Director Paul Moore.

Cooleemee will celebrate the nation’s independence Monday, July 4 with free activities including a parade.

The parade lines up no later than 9:30 a.m. at the elementary school on Marginal Street, and the parade starts at 10, traveling through town and ending at the Zachary House.

Ride your lawnmower. Ride your bicycle. Walk. Pull a float. Bring your dog. The only requirement is sticking to the patriotic, red, white and blue theme.

When the parade is over, there will be free watermelon and ice cream, as well as a giant slip and slide.