Cruise In tonight; parade tomorrow in Cooleemee

Published 1:44 pm Monday, July 3, 2023

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By Kat Woodruff-Carter

Davie High Intern

On Saturday, July 1, the Davie County Parks and Recreation hosted an Independence Day celebration full of music, dancing, and food trucks.

This gathering was meant for family and friends to come together and celebrate the Fourh of July and enjoy time together, said Mercedes Barr, parks and rec marketing and special events coordinator.

Local teen Charish Griffin came for the food and an and what she called an “incredible” fireworks show.

“I love coming to community events,” said Kaylee Lewis. “The food trucks are always one of the best parts.”

The Davie High School Band was one of the vendors hoping to raise money for new uniforms. They also had former band members Lillie Rollins and Jay Niland helping behind the scenes.

Many came out to see and hear music by Springer & Cagle and The Embers.

It was The Embers for Aubrey Lucas. They often use her grandfather’s songs, she said.

Former Marines, Warren Boyer and Greg Bean, grew up listening to The Embers. Of course, they were ballcaps signifying their service to our country.

Karen Stephen came out to support her daughter, who is the president of Davie’s chamber of commerce, but she stayed to hear The Embers.

The crowd grew as the evening got longer, culminating with a fireworks show.

The fun continues with the Davie CARS Cruise In featuring tractors Monday evening starting at 5, and the Patriotic Parade in Cooleemee at 10 a.m. on July 4th, followed by hotdogs, and free watermelon and a huge water slide.