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Independence Day festivities

Pulaski County and the towns of Dublin and Pulaski will celebrate Independence Day this weekend with the annual Fourth of July Stars and Stripes Celebration.
Activities for the event will be held throughout the county and will include something for everyone.
Start your day off right with a pancake breakfast at the Pulaski Farmers Market at the Maple Shade Shopping Center sidewalk in Pulaski. The pancake breakfast will last from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The farmer’s market will last from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., and in recognition of Independence Day, set-up is free for vendors. Set-up starts at 6 a.m. For more information, call 994-4200.
The rest of the day’s activities will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with a Flag Ceremony at the Dublin Town Hall in Town Square.
After the flag ceremony, citizens can head back to the Town of Pulaski to check out an Antique Cruise-In and the annual Independence Day Parade.
Those with antique cars, boats, trucks, tractors or motorcycles are invited to take part in the Cruise-In from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Jackson Park across from the Municipal Building on First Street. Cruise-In participants also will have an option of riding in the parade if they so choose.
The parade starts at 11:30 a.m. However, lineup for parade participants is at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of 99 Plaza near Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.
The parade will proceed west on Third Street from the plaza, turn left onto Jefferson Avenue, then make another left on Main Street before turning right onto Washington Avenue and disbanding at Maple Shade Shopping Center.
To register for the Cruise-In, visit the town’s website at www.pulaskitown.org. Registrations also will be accepted the day of the event.
Motor Mile Speedway at Fairlawn will host several events for the annual celebration, including a Monster Truck Show, First Annual Motor Mile Independence Chili Festival at 2 p.m. and a fireworks show at dark. Admission to the truck show is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. All proceeds benefit Pathway Christian Academy. Visit MotorMileSpeedway.com for more information.
Beach music enthusiasts will want to visit historic Calfee Park in Pulaski from 1:30 to 3 p.m. to watch the Part Time Party Time Band perform.
Stick around the park after the concert and catch the Pulaski Mariners squaring off against the Bluefield Orioles at 4 p.m. This is the only game of the season where admission is free.
For those who aren’t interested in a baseball game, an array of activities also will be held at the New River Valley Fairgrounds as part of the Stars & Stripes Celebration.
Fairground gates open at 4 p.m.
At 5 p.m. there will be a variety of contests in which to take part or watch. Carilion Life Guard 11 emergency medical helicopter will stop in for a visit at 6 p.m.
A lowering of the flag ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds and at 7:30 p.m. there will be a "Miss Hillbilly Pageant."
Hillbilly music will start at 8:30 p.m., followed by fireworks around 9:15 p.m.
But the activities don’t end with the last bang of a firecracker.
At 9:30 p.m. the fairgrounds will host a Beach Bash in the grandstand, featuring Ellery and the Cream of the Crop Blues Band, The Traditions, and Stratmosphere. Advance tickets for the Beach Bash are $10 through July 3. They will be $12 the day of the show.
The Stars & Stripes Celebration is sponsored by Pulaski County, the towns of Pulaski and Dublin, Motor Mile Speedway, New River Valley Fairgrounds, the Pulaski Mariners, James Hardie Building Products, Downtown Exxon, WPSK and Edens Distributing.

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Independence Day festivities

Pulaski County and the towns of Dublin and Pulaski will celebrate Independence Day this weekend with the annual Fourth of July Stars and Stripes Celebration.
Activities for the event will be held throughout the county and will include something for everyone.
Start your day off right with a pancake breakfast at the Pulaski Farmers Market at the Maple Shade Shopping Center sidewalk in Pulaski. The pancake breakfast will last from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The farmer’s market will last from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., and in recognition of Independence Day, set-up is free for vendors. Set-up starts at 6 a.m. For more information, call 994-4200.
The rest of the day’s activities will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with a Flag Ceremony at the Dublin Town Hall in Town Square.
After the flag ceremony, citizens can head back to the Town of Pulaski to check out an Antique Cruise-In and the annual Independence Day Parade.
Those with antique cars, boats, trucks, tractors or motorcycles are invited to take part in the Cruise-In from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Jackson Park across from the Municipal Building on First Street. Cruise-In participants also will have an option of riding in the parade if they so choose.
The parade starts at 11:30 a.m. However, lineup for parade participants is at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of 99 Plaza near Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.
The parade will proceed west on Third Street from the plaza, turn left onto Jefferson Avenue, then make another left on Main Street before turning right onto Washington Avenue and disbanding at Maple Shade Shopping Center.
To register for the Cruise-In, visit the town’s website at www.pulaskitown.org. Registrations also will be accepted the day of the event.
Motor Mile Speedway at Fairlawn will host several events for the annual celebration, including a Monster Truck Show, First Annual Motor Mile Independence Chili Festival at 2 p.m. and a fireworks show at dark. Admission to the truck show is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. All proceeds benefit Pathway Christian Academy. Visit MotorMileSpeedway.com for more information.
Beach music enthusiasts will want to visit historic Calfee Park in Pulaski from 1:30 to 3 p.m. to watch the Part Time Party Time Band perform.
Stick around the park after the concert and catch the Pulaski Mariners squaring off against the Bluefield Orioles at 4 p.m. This is the only game of the season where admission is free.
For those who aren’t interested in a baseball game, an array of activities also will be held at the New River Valley Fairgrounds as part of the Stars & Stripes Celebration.
Fairground gates open at 4 p.m.
At 5 p.m. there will be a variety of contests in which to take part or watch. Carilion Life Guard 11 emergency medical helicopter will stop in for a visit at 6 p.m.
A lowering of the flag ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds and at 7:30 p.m. there will be a "Miss Hillbilly Pageant."
Hillbilly music will start at 8:30 p.m., followed by fireworks around 9:15 p.m.
But the activities don’t end with the last bang of a firecracker.
At 9:30 p.m. the fairgrounds will host a Beach Bash in the grandstand, featuring Ellery and the Cream of the Crop Blues Band, The Traditions, and Stratmosphere. Advance tickets for the Beach Bash are $10 through July 3. They will be $12 the day of the show.
The Stars & Stripes Celebration is sponsored by Pulaski County, the towns of Pulaski and Dublin, Motor Mile Speedway, New River Valley Fairgrounds, the Pulaski Mariners, James Hardie Building Products, Downtown Exxon, WPSK and Edens Distributing.

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