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Pulaski County has lots of activities planned for holiday

PULASKI COUNTY — For those who decided to stay closer to home due to high gas prices, there still should be plenty of local activities to keep them busy.
Pulaski County and the towns of Pulaski and Dublin have joined together in developing a Stars & Stripes Fourth of July Celebration that will include a variety of activities for all ages from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6.
Festivities begin in Dublin at 9:30 a.m. Friday with a flag ceremony to be held at Dublin Town Hall. A Fourth of July parade will follow in Dublin at 11 a.m., with line-up at 10:30 a.m. at the old Dublin Primary School.
In the Town of Pulaski, the Part Time Party Time Band will perform beach music at Calfee Park from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.
At 4 p.m., the Pulaski Mariners will take on the Princeton Devil Rays in a free-admission minor league game at Calfee Park. Extra parking will be available at Maple Shade Shopping Center, where the town trolley will offer free rides to the game from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Return runs to Maple Shade will begin at 6 p.m.
The Mariners also will have home games on Saturday, but there is an admission charge for those games.
In addition to the annual fireworks display, New River Valley Fairgrounds also will offer an array of activities for the family on July 4. The gates open at 4 p.m., with food, moon bouncers, a beach volleyball tournament, limbo competition and displays by area Emergency Services and the Army National Guard. Other activities include:
•5 p.m.: Star of the Blue Ridge finals competition;
•6 p.m.: a visit by Carilion’s Life Guard 11 helicopter;
•7:15 p.m.: a patriotic tribute;
•7:40 p.m.: Stephanie Hurt as Hanna Montana;
•8 p.m.: Kenny Chesney impersonator tribute; and
•9 p.m.: Forrest Fire Dance Party.
The professional fireworks company Grucci will present a 17-minute show at the fairgrounds at 9:20 p.m. If that’s not enough fireworks for one holiday, Motor Mile Dragway at Fairlawn also will have a fireworks show beginning at 10:30 p.m.
Other Motor Mile Speedway and Motor Mile Dragway activities July 4 and 5 include:
•9 a.m.: “Independence Drags” will be presented by the American Drag Racing League at the dragway. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $5 for children ages six to 12, and free for all children under the age of six. Parking is $10.
•11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 4 and 5: Car Show sponsored by ESPN.
But the activities don’t end there.
A boat parade will be held at Claytor Lake Sunday, July 6, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Participants are asked to decorate their boats for a competition.
Prize categories include: Most Patriotic, Best Sport Team Spirit, Tackiest, Most Creative and Judge’s Choice.
The parade will start at the State Park Marina.

Pulaski County has lots of activities planned for holiday

PULASKI COUNTY — For those who decided to stay closer to home due to high gas prices, there still should be plenty of local activities to keep them busy.
Pulaski County and the towns of Pulaski and Dublin have joined together in developing a Stars & Stripes Fourth of July Celebration that will include a variety of activities for all ages from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6.
Festivities begin in Dublin at 9:30 a.m. Friday with a flag ceremony to be held at Dublin Town Hall. A Fourth of July parade will follow in Dublin at 11 a.m., with line-up at 10:30 a.m. at the old Dublin Primary School.
In the Town of Pulaski, the Part Time Party Time Band will perform beach music at Calfee Park from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.
At 4 p.m., the Pulaski Mariners will take on the Princeton Devil Rays in a free-admission minor league game at Calfee Park. Extra parking will be available at Maple Shade Shopping Center, where the town trolley will offer free rides to the game from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Return runs to Maple Shade will begin at 6 p.m.
The Mariners also will have home games on Saturday, but there is an admission charge for those games.
In addition to the annual fireworks display, New River Valley Fairgrounds also will offer an array of activities for the family on July 4. The gates open at 4 p.m., with food, moon bouncers, a beach volleyball tournament, limbo competition and displays by area Emergency Services and the Army National Guard. Other activities include:
•5 p.m.: Star of the Blue Ridge finals competition;
•6 p.m.: a visit by Carilion’s Life Guard 11 helicopter;
•7:15 p.m.: a patriotic tribute;
•7:40 p.m.: Stephanie Hurt as Hanna Montana;
•8 p.m.: Kenny Chesney impersonator tribute; and
•9 p.m.: Forrest Fire Dance Party.
The professional fireworks company Grucci will present a 17-minute show at the fairgrounds at 9:20 p.m. If that’s not enough fireworks for one holiday, Motor Mile Dragway at Fairlawn also will have a fireworks show beginning at 10:30 p.m.
Other Motor Mile Speedway and Motor Mile Dragway activities July 4 and 5 include:
•9 a.m.: “Independence Drags” will be presented by the American Drag Racing League at the dragway. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $5 for children ages six to 12, and free for all children under the age of six. Parking is $10.
•11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 4 and 5: Car Show sponsored by ESPN.
But the activities don’t end there.
A boat parade will be held at Claytor Lake Sunday, July 6, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Participants are asked to decorate their boats for a competition.
Prize categories include: Most Patriotic, Best Sport Team Spirit, Tackiest, Most Creative and Judge’s Choice.
The parade will start at the State Park Marina.