Members of Cheraw Town Council discussed the possibility of having to cancel the evening activities the town has planned for the Independence Holiday celebration today, July 3, if rain from Tropical Storm Arthur comes this far inland. Cheraw Administrator Mike Smith said the call will have to made by 11 a.m. Thursday if it is necessary to cancel the band and the fireworks scheduled to be presented at Cheraw High School’s football stadium this evening.
The recently implemented text alert system, along with postings on the the town’s web site, and Facebook page, will allow the community various avenues to find out whether or not the town’s celebration will be dampened with rain two years in a row.
If all goes as planned, The Cheraw Recreation and Leisure Services Department will kick off the Independence holiday with a downtown children’s parade at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 3rd . The parade begins in the parking lot on Front Street behind Flemming Funeral Home and will proceed to Town Hall. This is a new start location from previous years for the children’s parade.
The Civil Air Patrol, Florence Composite Squadron will also be a part of this year’s festivities. All children are welcomed to ride their bikes, trikes or wagons in the parade. No motorized vehicles please.
Prizes will be awarded for the most Patriotic costume, and best decorated bike, trike, or wagon. Free refreshments will be served. We also hope to see John Quincy Adams at the parade!
The festivities continue on Thursday night with a family fun celebration at the Cheraw High School football stadium from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
The stage will host the oldies, beach, top 40 and funky sounds of North Tower, playing from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. With their sizzling brass and super vocals, it’s sure to be a night to remember.
In addition to great musical entertainment, there will be games provided by TC’s Amusements; bungee trampoline, giant slide, bounce house, TC’s Choppers, and more.
Admission is free; buts tickets must be purchased for the rides and games. All games will start at 6 p.m. and end at 9:45 p.m.
A variety of concessions will be available for purchase such as pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, Italian Ice, funnel cakes, popcorn, drinks, and more.
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the food and festivities!
For the grand finale, East Coast Pyrotechnics will put on a spectacular fireworks show that excites the sky with dazzling special effects and bright colors.
The fireworks start around 9:45 p.m.
For more information, please contact the Cheraw Recreation office at 843-537-8420.