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Hampton preps for July 4th parade, fireworks
by Christine Fonville
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From left, Public Works Director John Spraggins, Main Street Director Denise McKay and Hampton Mayor Steve Hutchison.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Public Works Director John Spraggins, Main Street Director Denise McKay and Hampton Mayor Steve Hutchison.
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Last week, city employees began to decorate the streets with red, white and blue decorations in preparation for the holiday so Hampton residents can celebrate Independence Day on Main Street when the city hosts its annual July Festival.

The festivities will kick off with a hometown parade at 10 a.m. starting at the corner of Oak and College streets featuring floats, local dignitaries, antique cars and fire trucks, bicycles and the Bearcreek bear mascot, which represents Hampton’s original city name.

“This parade is the shortest route we have during the year, but we invite family and children to participate,” said Main Street Director Denise McKay. “People can also walk their pets or ride their bikes through the parade.”

The route will end at McBrayer City Park but the fun will continue with various family activities.

“We’ll have cornhole and other games, sack racing, music, snacks, a watermelon eating contest and, of course, our new splash pad will be open for children to enjoy during that time as well,” McKay said.

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch out and enjoy a day at the park before the fireworks light up the sky above Nash Farm Battlefield and Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Mayor Steve Hutchison said the festival drew a crowd of about 250 people last year and the city hopes to see even more turn out for this year’s activities.

“Every year this is a great day for families to get together and enjoy a day in the park and with the new splash pad, which has been a very popular addition to the park, we’re hoping it’ll be a great day and see more of our friends and neighbors out,” he said.

Residents can also enjoy a day of fun and evening of fireworks at the battlefield in Hampton.

Starting at 1 p.m., this year’s festivities include live music, car, motorcycle, tractor, and truck shows, a kids’ play area, inflatables, hayrides, ziplining, festival foods, a bingo tournament, raffle with cash prizes, a saloon for the purchase of beer and wine, and a huge fireworks display beginning around 9 p.m.

Children 5 and under can attend for free, while vehicles with up to six passengers pay $20 and vans with up to 10 passengers pay $35 per van.

Motorcycles pay $10 for entry.

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