Free Independence Day Celebrations – Lawn Mower Parade with Free Watermelon & Ice Cream on Thursday, Fireworks on Saturday

By Jeanna Baxter White
Patriotism and love of county are alive and well in
Davie County.  As our nation celebrates its 243rd  birthday, our community has a week of activities promising fun for all ages! Davie County will host fireworks, musical entertainment, parades, and more as we head into the traditional 4th of July summer holiday season.

Come enjoy the annual July 4th patriotic lawn mower parade in Cooleemee this Thursday. This patriotic event sponsored by the town of Cooleemee grows each year as entrants decorate a wide variety of lawn mowers, bicycles, golf carts, and floats. Walkers are welcome, too. 

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Cooleemee Elementary School on Marginal Street and wind its way up and down the quiet streets of Cooleemee until it reaches the Zachary House. Follow along the parade route and enjoy a stroll down the historic and picturesque streets lined with great old shade trees and historic mill homes.

Food, Water Fun & More
Following the parade, there will be festivities on the Zachary House grounds including free watermelon and ice cream, games, water fun, and more! The Ladies Auxiliary of the Cooleemee/Mocksville VFW will be selling hotdogs, chips, and drinks as a fundraiser. 

If entering the parade, please be dressed or decorated in a patriotic theme and meet at 9 a.m. in the elementary school parking lot on Marginal Street.  There will be prizes for the best-decorated floats, lawnmowers, golf carts, or bikes.

6 p.m.  Saturday, July 6 – 43rd Annual Independence Celebration – Free Event
Independence Day is known for its explosive fireworks, and at Rich Park, Davie County will deliver a most impressive fireworks show.  On Saturday, July 6th, Davie County Recreation and Parks will host kids activities, food vendors, live music by Darrell Harwood, and of course fireworks to finish off the night! (Raindate is July 7th, fireworks only.)

Festivities begin at 6 p.m., Darrell Harwood will perform at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks extravaganza will begin at 9:30 p.m.  Admission is free. This is a family safe environment, and there is plenty for the young ones to do.

Parking will be free in Rich Park until full. Shuttles will be available to and from the Brock Recreation Center and the Davie County Public Library on North Main Street, and the Mocksville Town Hall parking lot on Clement Street beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m.