The 10th annual Red, White and Boom, Rock Hill’s July Fourth festival, kicks off holiday festivities at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, featuring Da Throwback Band at 8:15 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. The Truth of the QC, the Battle of the Bands Contest winner, opens the show at 7 p.m.
There will be children’s activities, an ice cream-eating contest and food and beverage vendors. The festival is free and will be held rain or shine. No coolers, food or pets. The Old Town Amphitheater is a nonsmoking venue.
• The Tega Cay Fourth of July land parade starts at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and runs the length of Tega Cay Drive to the firehouse. The boat parade around the peninsula from Nivens Creek to Windjammer Park begins at 11 a.m. Prizes are awarded to the best decorated floats and boats. The city will celebrate its 30th anniversary Wednesday.
• In Fort Mill, a patriotic program begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., featuring speaker Manning Kimmel of WRHI radio, followed by the traditional cannon firing at Confederate Park.
Later, Skyshow 2012 combines Charlotte Knights baseball and fireworks at Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. Pregame festivities begin at 5 p.m., the game at 7:15 p.m. Game tickets start at $8. The fireworks display will begin immediately after the final out. For more information, go to charlotteknights.com.
Fireworks also will be at Nights of Fire, where Carowinds shoots them off each evening, weather permitting, through Aug. 12.
• The Quail Run neighborhood Fourth of July parade will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Line up at the Mallory Drive entrance off Saluda Road/S.C. 72 at 9:30 a.m.
• The 34th S.C. Militia will hold firing demonstrations and drills from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Historic Brattonsville in McConnells. There will be period music, readings of the Declaration of Independence, and 1840s cooking demonstrations.
Visitors can participate in games, including the “Game of Graces,” using a wooden hoop and dowel rods, and the “Game of Rounders,” a bat-and-ball game similar to baseball but with decidedly different rules and play.
Military personnel and their families will be admitted free to the site. Guests to the Homestead House will be greeted by World War II veterans. For other visitors, regular admission fees apply. CHM members admitted free. Tours of Hightower Hall will be an additional $2.
• The Harmony Community of Catawba Fourth of July parade will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. To join the parade, meet at the railroad tracks on Harmony Road. For information, call 803-417-5534.
• The Johnsonville Fourth of July neighborhood parade will begin at noon Wednesday at the corner of Forest Lane and Waverly Avenue in Rock Hill.
• The city of Yorkwill present its fourth annual Fourth of July celebration from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at York Middle School. Live music by The Entertainers, games and activities for children, vendors selling food and beverages and fireworks. Admission is free.
• The Lake Wylie Community Fourth of July Fireworks will start about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday on Lake Wylie by the Buster Boyd Bridge on S.C. 49. The best viewing will be at the Buster Boyd Bridge Boat Landing, T-Bones on the Lake outside deck, Rey Azteca deck at Lake Wylie Plaza, Lake Wylie Pizza and Italian Restaurant on the patio at Lake Wylie Plaza and by boat.
• The town of Sharon’s annual Fourth of July parade starts at 7:30 p.m. July 7.
• The White Home, 258 E. White St., Rock Hill, will offer costumed guided tours of the home, games and activities for adults and children including croquet, graces and three-legged races from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Picnicking welcome. Ice-cold lemonade, watermelon and baked goods available for purchase. Regular admission applies. Historic Rock Hill members and active military admitted free. For information, call 803-329-1020.
Deadline for entries in the Arts Council of York County’s 23rd Annual Juried Competition at the Center for the Arts is July 13. Works may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Artists 18 and older are eligible. Only original work, created in the last two years, and not shown previously at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery will be accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video. Entry fees are $15 per entry for nonmembers and $10 for members. Make checks or money orders payable to the Arts Council of York County.
Awards are best of show, $1,000; first place, $500; second place, $200 and third place, $100.
George Kaperonis with the Department of Art + Art History at University of North Carolina Charlotte will judge. Entries will be exhibited Aug. 3 to Sept. 16 in the Dalton Gallery at the Arts Council with a public reception at 6 p.m. Aug. 16.
For information, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Memory Lane Cruisers Car Club of Lancaster is having a cruise-in at 6 p.m. July 26 in the parking lot of Kmart on North Main Street in Lancaster. All cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors are welcome. There will be music, 50/50 drawing, door prizes for registered cars and cornhole games.
• Chris Holder will perform at the Summer Concert in the Park series at 6:30 p.m. July 10 at Fewell Park, 1204 Alexander Road in Rock Hill. Take a picnic and blanket or lawn chair. The concert is free and open to the public.
• A fundraiser for Barry Byers will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 14 at Friendship United Methodist Church, 1200 Neely Store Road. There will be hot dogs, music, children’s activities. Cooked Boston butts will be available for $25. To place an order, call Gayla at 803-324-0674. Take a lawn chair or blanket. Proceeds will go toward medical expenses. Donations can be made to FUMC – Barry Byers Fundraiser. For information, call Sara at 803-324-0482.
• The Rock Hill Civitan Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mary’s Cafe, Firetower Road, Rock Hill. Junior Civitans from Lewisville High School will attend and talk about the S.C. Jr. Civitan Convention. For information, call 803-366-9896 or email email@example.com.
• The Woman’s Club of York County will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at the Rock Hill Airport. The club is planning a luncheon, fashion show and card party Sept. 19. Proceeds will got to community projects. For membership information, call Judy at 803-493-6530.
• The Western York County Branch of the NAACP will meet at 6 p.m. July 12 at The United Men’s Club of Clover, 601 Kings Mountain St. For information, call Wanda Simril at 803-684-6200.
• The Rock Hill Branch of the NAACP executive meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Freedom Temple Ministries, 215 E. Main St., Rock Hill. For information, contact Sandra Oborokumo at 803-366-2184 or 803-325-2855.
• The Sterling House will host a free Medicare 101 lunch and learn seminar from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. July 12 at 1920 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Space is limited, RSVP at 803-366-1189.
• The Fort Mill Community Playhouse will hold auditions for its youth production, “Sleeping Beauty and the Zs” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 9 and 10 at the playhouse, 615 Banks St., Fort Mill. The play has roles for a large flexible cast. Rising second-graders through age 16 are invited to audition. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. The show will be performed on Sept. 14-16 and 21-23.
• Alateen meets from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Zoar Road Club, 14701 Thomas Road, Charlotte, behind Zoar Road United Methodist Church. There are meetings for two age groups: 6- to 12-year-olds and those 13 and older. For information, call Lisa at 803-547-2124 or Sandy at 704-904-7834. The meetings are open to members only.
• AL-ANON will meet at 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday and 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at The Serenity Club, 209 Grayson Road, Rock Hill.
• Rock Hill Gamblers Anonymous open meeting is 7:15 p.m. each Thursday at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1830 Celanese Road, Rock Hill.
• NAMI Piedmont Tri-County Connection Support Group meet will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Hut at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill. The group is for adults who experience any mental illness. For information, call Susan Vogel at 803-366-6138.
• “Grow Your Own Garlic” will be the topic of First Friday in the Garden at 11 a.m. Friday in the Glencairn Learning Center, 825 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. The program, which is free and open to the public, will explore different kinds of garlic and show how easy it is to grow, cure, clean and store your own garlic. Master Gardeners of York County will have several varieties of locally grown untreated garlic and elephant garlic (not a true garlic) available to purchase for growing or cooking.
• A July decorative painting class with Jean Greco has been rescheduled at Fewell Park Recreation Center. The new dates are July 19-Aug. 9. The class will meet 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays. Call the center at 803-329-5645 to check availability and obtain a supply list. Registration at the center, 1204 Alexander Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Cost is $44.
• The Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will host a genealogy research “Quick Crash Course” for prospective members to document lineage. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Del Webb Library 7641 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land. Check in is at 9:30 a.m. To register or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-547-1315 or 803-396-0498
• Deadline for the Trocats Alumni Western Caribbean Cruise registration has been extended until July 9. Registration is $25. For information, call Tonya Mickel-Cunningham at 803-524-1724 or Charles Barber at 704-557-5764.
• The descendants of William Thomas Williams and Annie Graham Williams will have their annual reunion at 6 p.m. July 14, 2011 at Neely’s Creek ARP Church, Rock Hill. A picnic supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. with a business meeting afterward. For information, call Rick Mitchell at 803-328-9523.
• The descendants of Will Barber and Rachel Hemphill Barber family reunion will be July 29-31 in Rock Hill. For information, contact Terrence Barber at 803-327-0703 or Melody Holley at 803-984-0196, or visit www.barberfamilywebsite.com.
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