4th of July Celebration

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Downtown Brevard’s 4th of July Celebration is Americana at its best.

The street festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From there, the party continues at Brevard College with the Transylvania Community Art Council’s Duck Race for Kreative Kids on King’s Creek at 6 p.m., and the grand finale of the day – the Fireworks Extravaganza.

Kick off the day by running in Brevard Rotary’s Firecracker 5K and 10K Run starting from the American Legion Hall at 8 a.m., and then come to the heart of town to check out the array of vendors and fun. You’ll find many fine arts and craftsmen, as well as nonprofits and different games and interactive booths.

Transylvania Community Arts Council hosts its 45th annual Fine Arts & Crafts Showcase on West Main Street. You can’t bring your pets to the festival because of a city ordinance, but you can enter them in the Humane Society All Star Pet Show being held at 9 a.m. on the Silvermont mansion grounds on East Main Street.

Things take a patriotic turn later in the afternoon when local elected officials read the “Declaration of Independence” against the backdrop of the American flag. Live music also takes place at the Courthouse Gazebo from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

A big favorite of the festival is the Transylvania Cruisers Club’s 24th annual Auto Show of pre-1984 classic vehicles on South Broad Street.

Sycamore Cycles will sponsor the annual 4th of July Bicycle Parade. Bring your children and their decorated bicycles to compete for Most Patriotic and Most Creative categories and then parade the entire crew through downtown.

Then, if you think you have the nerve, come show off your eating skills as Rocky’s hosts the 8th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest in the afternoon. This year’s fireworks will be better than ever and include music, food and family fun prior to the light show, according to the Heart of Brevard, which organizes the event. B

ecause of new construction at Brevard College, the public will have access at the grassy area between the Village buildings. The show can also be easily seen from the Ingles parking lot and North Broad Street (Jailhouse Hill). And don’t forget to tune in to WSQL 102 FM (White Squirrel Radio), which will be broadcasting music.

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