Fireworks, parade highlight festive Shoals celebration

This float recognizes the East Surry Little League team which claimed the 2015 9-10-year-old NC District 2 championship.

This Shoals Baptist Church float is a picnic on wheels, celebrating an Independence Day tradition.

This entry from Pinnacle View Baptist Church combines patriotism and fun.

Area veterans are invited aboard this float, celebrating their service to country.

Members of Pilot Mountain VFW Post 9436 carry their colors high as they lead the way in the Shoals parade.

PINNACLE — The rains stayed away for just long enough on Saturday evening, allowing the Shoals community to enjoy a full slate of Independence Day activities.

While heavy rains were being reported a short distance away, the skies cleared for the start of the annual Shoals Independence Day Parade. The veterans of Pilot Mountain VFW Post 9436 led the way for a long procession of classic cars and trucks, golf carts, bicycles, dirt bikes, emergency vehicles, numerous floats and other entries.

“This was one of the best parades we’ve had in years,” said Brenda Brown of the sponsoring Shoals Ruritan Club. “A lot of the community took part and it went really well.”

Parade participants made their way to the Shoals Recreation Center where they were joined by a large turnout of area residents for a series of other activities. Boy Scouts from Shoals Troop 561 presented a flag demonstration while Cub Scouts served as hosts for an array of children’s games and activities.

Later some 600 hot dogs and drinks were sold at discounted prices throughout the evening, selling out just before the fireworks display.

According to Brown, organizers were watching the imminent threat of an approaching storm as the time for fireworks neared. A decision was made to begin the presentation some five minutes early.

“And it was a good thing we did,” she said. “It started raining hard right after the fireworks finished.

“There was a huge crowd for the fireworks,” she continued, “and this was the best show we’ve ever had.

“It was a good night and we had a lot of support in making this a success. We want to thank everybody who took part, those who helped us out and everybody who came out to be a part of this.”

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

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