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Highlands’ Patriotic Finest

by Mary Jane McCall



It’s a full day and evening of patriotic fun when Highlands stages its Fourth of July celebration.

As holidays go, the Fourth of July rivals Christmas in terms of anticipation and enjoyment. There’s just something about looking forward to a hot July day when the possibilities for fun with friends and family are endless. Toss in the immense pride in the red, white and blue and there you have the perfect recipe for the perfect day.

Highlands is the place to be for a Fourth of July to remember. Events are planned throughout the day to celebrate this most festive of holidays, and the town is festooned in its patriotic finest.

Families will want to plan on spending their morning at the Town of Highlands Ball Field. Festivities start at 9:00 A.M. with the Boy Scout’s Annual Rocket Launch, which runs until 10:45 A.M. The scouts will provide materials and knowledge to build a water rocket, you bring your sense of adventure. These rockets may not burst into air, but it is certainly fun to see how high they go.

Stay right where you are, because the annual Town of Highlands Fourth of July Family Games begin at 11:00 A.M. You and your children will enjoy these traditional games and will be laughing throughout as you try to best your friends and neighbors. While there, enjoy one of the Highlands Rotary Club’s grilled hot dogs with chips and a drink, all available for a donation.

After lunch, take a few minutes to stroll Main Street, enjoy the patriotic store fronts and then make your way to Mill Creek at 2:00 P.M. for the Rubber Duck Derby sponsored by the Highlands Rotary Club. Purchase a rubber duck and cheer it on to victory for a chance at fabulous prizes and bragging rights.

Evening is when we sparkle and shine. There will be a concert at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. featuring Elonzo Wesley. From there make your way to the annual Patriotic Sing with the Men’s Chorus which begins at 8:00 P.M. at the Presbyterian Church This ends just in time for you to make you way to find the perfect spot to view the annual fireworks display. This dazzling display is brought to you by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and takes place at around 9:00 P.M. or shortly thereafter at dark.

For more information, please call the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112, or visit online at highlandschamber.org.

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