NEWBERRY — The Fourth of July holiday is on Wednesday, and in celebration of the holiday two events will take place in Newberry for everyone to enjoy.
The first event will be the Harper Street Parade, with the line up at 9 a.m. and the parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. Those looking to attend the parade should be aware multiple streets will be closed starting at 8 a.m.
Chief Roy McClurkin said the following streets will be closed, Harper at Kinard, Hunt from Harrington to Main, Jones at Harper, Glenn to Harper, Crenshaw at Harper, Walnut at Harper, Calhoun at Harper. McClurkin request travellers to avoid those areas as much as possible during the event.
Due to the volume of golf carts in the parade last year, Michelle Long, Harper Street resident, said a concern was raised about some people being unable to see them as they are lined up.
“To try and circumvent that, we are asking them to line up on Hunt, but to also utilize the available parking lots on Hunt Street. Golf Carts can also line up all the way down Kinard to Harper,” she said.
The parade will end at 1725 Harper Street, which will also be the spot for refreshments, and anyone interested in dropping off food or drink items are asked to do so before the parade. The parade will end with a fire truck, which will spray water out to help cool off the crowd. Prior to that, there will be a moment taken for the Pledge of Allegiance.
“We ask that golf carts proceed down Walnut, or all the way to Calhoun to make way for the rest of the people and the fire truck,” Long said.
That evening the Newberry County Law Enforcement Officers’ Association will have the full Fourth of July celebration at Mike Ware Field at Newberry High School. There will be blow up rides for the children, music and a variety of foods. A DJ (Nick Brown) will also be on hand to provide musical entertainment. With the exception of the food, all venues are free.
Gates open at 6:00 p.m. with fireworks beginning at dark thirty (around 9:00 p.m.).
The fireworks can be viewed from a number of places around Newberry, but it is best seen in the stadium with patriotic themed music accompanying. As an added attraction to the fireworks, Samsung will be sponsoring an additional grand finale to the fireworks.
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