Independence Day celebration planned for July 3

Published 1:47 pm Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Staff Reports:
The City of Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department is excited to present the Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Covered Bridge Park beginning at 4 P.M.
The afternoon will kick off with a Patriotic Bike Parade where participants are encouraged to go all out decorating their bike, scooter, wagon, or any other non-motorized vehicle for a special ride through Covered Bridge Park. The top three winners will be awarded a trophy. Participation is free and guests can register beginning at 3:30 at Covered Bridge Park.
At 4:30 P.M. the Patriotic Pup Pageant will take place. Have your pup put on their best patriotic attire- shades, hat, bow tie or more and compete for top dog prizes! Registration is free and begins at 4:00 P.M.
The Annual Little Miss Firecracker Pageant will be presented beginning at 5:00 P.M. with trophies awarded in several age categories. Pre-registration is required and is currently ongoing. Applications can be picked up at the Elizabethton Recreation Center or by calling Amy with Dancer’s Dreams Performing Arts Academy at (504) 392-9138.
Dancer’s Dreams Performing Arts Academy will take the stage beginning at 6:15 P.M. with special dance performances from all ages in several different styles of dance.
Patriotic Opening Ceremonies will be presented beginning at 6:45 P.M. with the raising of the flag, patriotic tributes and a special melody by Loretta Bowers.  
Spank! The 80’s will take the stage at 7:30 P.M. for a special free performance. This ultimate 80’s party band is a crowd favorite that you don’t want to miss!
A very special Fireworks Finale sponsored by Tour Carter County and the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce will close out the evening!
Make sure to bring your blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the entire day of festivities and the big fireworks finale. Concessions will be available for sale throughout the day thanks to Maxx Dog’s Concessions.
We would also like to give a very special thank you to all our sponsors who make our free community special events happen throughout the year! They include Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce, Tour Carter County, Carter County Bank, Elizabethton Federal Bank, WBEJ, the Elizabethton Star, and the Carter County Parks and Recreation Board.
To stay up to date, visit Elizabethton.org under the Parks and Recreation tab and on Facebook @elizabethtonparksandrecreation for future announcements, or for more information, please contact the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department at 423-547-6441.