Parade to kick off patriotic celebration in Shoals

PINNACLE — Patriotism will be the centerpiece of this year’s Shoals Independence Day celebration, with a variety of activities, including food, fellowship and fireworks, planned to celebrate the day.

The evening event will begin with the community’s traditional annual parade. Line-up will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Fairview United Methodist Church. There is no fee for participation and advanced registration is not required.

“We want anybody who’d like to take part in the parade to plan on joining in,” said Brenda Brown of the sponsoring Shoals Ruritan Club. “We’re welcoming anything that people would like to enter, including antique cars and trucks and other vehicles, along with bikes, golf carts, four-wheelers, horses and, of course, we’re hoping for plenty of floats. We’re hoping that groups will put together some floats to enter and all our area fire departments are invited to take part.”

A featured highlight of the parade will be the annual veterans’ float, with all veterans encouraged to ride on the float.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m., with participants waving to residents and distributing candy as the procession makes its way down Shoals Road to the Shoals Community Recreation Center. Upon arrival at the center, parade participants will join those in attendance for a variety of activities.

The patriotic evening will begin with a presentation of colors by members of Pilot Mountain VFW Post 9436. Members of Shoals Boy Scout Troop 561 will present a program based on the American flag and its proper handling.

Shoals Cub Scouts also will take part in the evening, providing children’s activities throughout. Planned activities include corn hole, coloring and crafts as well as a “slip-n-slide” water game. A change of dry clothing is recommended for those planning to play in water.

“We’re really pleased to have the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts taking part this year,” Brown noted. “It’s a big plus for us. We’d like to add more things, but it takes all of us to take care of the things we do every year. Other groups joining in allows us to offer more activities. We’d love to have other groups get involved.”

At 7 p.m. club members will continue an Independence Day community tradition by offering hot dogs and cold drinks at a cost of 50 cents each, for as long as supplies last.

Tickets also will be sold throughout the evening for a 50/50 giveaway, with the winning name to be drawn at 8:30.

In another Shoals tradition, the evening will end with a large fireworks display at dusk. The display will again be overseen by Ricky Bowen, who plans to surpass last year’s record display.

“We like to do this as a way of giving back to our community,” Brown explained. “This community is good to support the Shoals Ruritans throughout the year. This is one of our biggest events and it’s a good way to give back. It’s a good chance for the community to come together and enjoy a good time of fellowship.”

Dean Palmer may be reached at 336-351-4131 or

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