Independence Day is the summertime celebration when people wrap themselves in red, white and blue and honor the nation. For downtown South Boston and Halifax County, the impending Independence Day means there’s a patriotic parade and fireworks in the forecast.
“We hope everyone will make plans to bring family and friends to downtown South Boston on Thursday to celebrate the Fourth of July,” said Destination Downtown South Boston executive director Tamyra Vest. “Festivities will kick-off at 6 p.m. when the parade begins. We have a lot to see and do during the entire event, and we are thrilled to have so many great organizations and businesses involved and sponsoring our July 4 celebration.”
The Halifax County/South Boston July 4th Parade and Fireworks is being hosted by Destination Downtown South Boston. Independence Day sponsors include Halifax County and the town of South Boston. Stars and Stripes sponsor is AstroCamp. The event’s Red, White and Blue sponsor is Fairfield by Marriott. Firecracker sponsors are J. Brandon Scearce - Easley Hedrick Insurance and Financial, Huber Engineered Woods and Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative.
Vest also noted that the communications partner for the event is Professional Communications, allowing for event planners and volunteers to stay connected and keep things running smoothly.
Brooks Lyon Funeral Home is a significant parking partner during this year’s event. Premier parking for the July 4 event will be located at Brooks Lyon Funeral Home for $5 per parking space. This parking lot has 52 spaces available, and Destination Downtown South Boston will be collecting the parking fees, which will go to DDSB to help pay for the event. Mike Lyon will provide restrooms and a cooler of soft drinks for the premier parking guests.
Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital will provide two hydration stations at the parade with free bottled water.
“Our goal for the parade, which will begin at 6 p.m., is to honor our veterans as well as our active military,” said Vest. “We encourage all veterans to participate in the parade.”
Parade check-in and line-up will take place on Chalmers Street at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Applicants who have signed up to be in the parade should turn onto Chalmers Street and report to the check-in tent to receive their staking spot.
Handicap parking for the parade is available on Wilborn Avenue and at the Fire Support Building located at 801 Wilborn Avenue in South Boston.
Admission is free to festivities after the parade and will take place in Constitution Square. Activities will include live entertainment, food vendors, bounce houses, face painting, Marlo the Magician, a mist tent, glow-in-the-dark items for sale and, of course, fireworks.
Food vendors for the event include:
• Nana Karen’s: Fried chicken and waffles, wraps (jerk chicken, raspberry walnut, buffalo chicken and chicken bacon ranch), cajun fried catfish sandwich, chicken sandwich
• Hardman’s Smoke Stack: Barbecue (ribs, smoked pork, chicken and brisket), wings, piggy fries
• The Worship Center: Pizza
• Kona Ice: Shaved ice
• Bylers Handmade Ice Cream
• Exquisite Events
• Poppa Bear’s Kettle Korn
Live entertainment, taking place on the stage in Constitution Square, will include:
• Ray Martin from 7 to 8 p.m.
• The Forever Young Band from 8 to 9 p.m.
• Patriotic Music by the Prizery Summer Theatre from 9 to 9:30 p.m.
• The night’s finale — a fantastic fireworks display from Francisco Display Fireworks, LLC dba Virginia Skypainters — will begin at 9:30.
“We look forward to this being a family-friendly event that everyone can enjoy, and we are thrilled to honor our nation in a such a positive, fun way,” Vest said.
For parade applications, go to www.downtownsobo.com, and for questions about the event, call 434- 575-4208.