Oakboro to kick off Fourth of July celebration this weekend

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The 59th annual Oakboro Fourth of July Celebration is right around the corner. Hosted by Oakboro Fire and Rescue, the celebration is a much-loved tradition for many families in Stanly County. As in years past, this year’s celebration includes a jam-packed schedule of events for the whole family to enjoy.

The Oakboro Fourth of July parade is a favorite annual tradition for many local families.

The festivities begin this Saturday with the annual Freedom Run 5K. In its 11th year, proceeds from the race benefit the Oakboro Fire Department. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and will start and finish next to the post office. Race registration can be completed online at www.oakboro4th.com.

A favorite for kids, carnival rides will open on the midway behind the fire department on Thursday, June 29 at 6 p.m. The carnival will be open each evening at 6 p.m. through Monday, July 3 (closed Sunday, July 2). On Tuesday, July 4, the carnival will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again at 5 p.m.

Free outdoor concerts will be held each evening on the Union Power Stage. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy one or all of the bands lined up to perform for this year’s Fourth celebration. Sea Cruz will kick off the concert series on Thursday, June 29 at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 30, will feature Valhalla at 6:30 p.m. followed by The Tonez at 8:30 p.m. Gary Lowder and Smokin Hot will perform Saturday, July 1 at 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 3 will feature Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band at 8:30 p.m. Midnight Allie will conclude the series with a performance on Tuesday, July 4 at 8:30 p.m.

In addition to carnival rides and live music, there is plenty more to enjoy. The Little Miss 4th of July Pageant is scheduled for Thursday, June 29 at 6 p.m. The annual Fire Fighter Competition will be held on Friday, June 30 at 6 p.m. A talent showcase is set for Saturday, July 1 at 6 p.m.

An entire day of festivities is planned for Tuesday, July 4, beginning with the annual Fourth of July parade at 9 a.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and arrive early to claim a good spot along Main Street. Don’t forget a bag for the kids to collect candy and other goodies during the parade.

Following the parade, head to the Oakboro Fire Department for a BBQ lunch, carnival rides and the Miss Stanly County Fire Queen Pageant starting at 11 a.m. The Midway will close for an afternoon break at 2 p.m. and will open for more fun at 5 p.m. The festivities will continue into the evening with a concert by Midnight Allie at 8:30 p.m. and a raffle drawing at 10:30 p.m. A late night fireworks show will conclude the celebration.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.oakboro4th.com.

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