Slow start, spectacular finish to Wadesboro’s Fourth of July celebration

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.

Reach reporter Imari Scarbrough at 704-994-5471 and follow her on Twitter @ImariScarbrough.

Imari Scarbrough | Anson Record A small boy eyes the target as he prepares to toss a bean bag.
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Imari Scarbrough | Anson Record Chalk and a large paved canvas draw a young girl to create her art during the Uptown Wadesboro Fourth of July Celebration.
https://ansonrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_IMG_0412-2.jpgImari Scarbrough | Anson Record Chalk and a large paved canvas draw a young girl to create her art during the Uptown Wadesboro Fourth of July Celebration.

Imari Scarbrough | Anson Record Two children celebrate Independence Day working on chalk art designs.
https://ansonrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_IMG_0422-2.jpgImari Scarbrough | Anson Record Two children celebrate Independence Day working on chalk art designs.

Imari Scarbrough | Anson Record Fireworks set off across U.S. Highway 74 entertain event guests watching from the Plank Road Realty parking lot in downtown Wadesboro on June 30.
https://ansonrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_IMG_0512-fz-2.jpgImari Scarbrough | Anson Record Fireworks set off across U.S. Highway 74 entertain event guests watching from the Plank Road Realty parking lot in downtown Wadesboro on June 30.

Imari Scarbrough | Anson Record Bursts of color fill the sky, defying earlier threats of rain.
https://ansonrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_IMG_0525-fz-2.jpgImari Scarbrough | Anson Record Bursts of color fill the sky, defying earlier threats of rain.

Laura Laney | For the Record Boy Scout Troop 589 from McFarlan assists with setting up Uptown Wadesboro’s Fourth of July celebration. The Scouts pictured are Mark Foster, Reyes Lopez-Vasquez, and Caleb Laney.
https://ansonrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_July-4-2017-celebration-Boy-Scouts-fz-2.jpgLaura Laney | For the Record Boy Scout Troop 589 from McFarlan assists with setting up Uptown Wadesboro’s Fourth of July celebration. The Scouts pictured are Mark Foster, Reyes Lopez-Vasquez, and Caleb Laney.
Showers dampen early turnout for festivities

 

By Imari Scarbrough

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