Despite a rained-out band, ominous clouds and a slow start, the early Independence Day celebration in Uptown Wadesboro drew a sizable crowd as the evening went on, including guests of all ages for the fireworks show on June 30.
The Plank Road parking lot where the event was held was nearly empty as the official start time rolled around. The dunking booth was empty, two vendors waited for customers, and board members from Uptown Wadesboro, Inc. finalized the set-up for the organization’s $1 t-shirt and drinks booth, even as dark clouds appeared in the distance.
A quick shower just before the 6 p.m. start time dampened band equipment, rendering the electronics unusable even for the rain location of the Ansonia Theatre, Uptown director Julian Swittenberg said. The dunking booth also remained empty.
Guests slowly filtered in and Uptown board members set out chalk and a bean toss game, drawing more as children added more and more color to the parking lot through their chalk art.
By the time of the fireworks, the crowd had avoided any further showers and enjoyed the show.
The fireworks have been cancelled due to rain for previous Uptown Fourth of July events. The board agreed to hold this year’s event on June 30 before potential guests traveled out of town for overnight trips or to see bigger fireworks shows on July 4.
Uptown Wadesboro holds other events throughout the year, including the annual Fall Festival. In December, the group held Breakfast with Santa in Oliver’s Hometown Bar and Grill.
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