It’s time to put on your red, white and blue and join your neighbors in some patriotic good fun.
Highlands knows how to celebrate Independence Day with a long standing tradition of starting the festivities early in the day, and ending them after dark with a bedazzling fireworks display.
Start your day at 9:00 A.M. with the water rocket building and launch at the town baseball field with other classic field games for adults and kids to follow at 11:00 A.M. You will also have a chance to see the MAMA helicopter and cool off with a shower from the Highlands Fire Department ladder truck.
The annual Rotary Barbecue starts at the same time at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park. Back by popular will be the Wilson Barbecue Plate. Doc Wilson and his pit masters have perfected the art of great barbecue. It’s always a great idea to get there early to ensure that you get to enjoy this traditional July 4 feast.
Enjoy free music while enjoying your barbecue picnic. You can also pick up a plate at the ball field if you’re there enjoying the games.
At 1:00 P.M. at Mill Creek (next to Sweet Treats) the Rotary Club will hold its annual Rubber Ducky Derby. Purchase a rubber duck for $10 and cheer it on to the finish line for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights. At 6:30 P.M., be back at the Kelsey Hutchinson Park where our local scout troops will do a Flag Retirement Ceremony. This is a great opportunity to support our scouts and thank them for all they do in our community.
At 8:00 P.M. there will be a patriotic sing at the Presbyterian Church. This free concert lasts for approximately 45 minutes, ensuring that you have plenty of time to claim your spot to watch the magnificent fireworks show, sponsored by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. The display starts around 9:00 P.M. and caps off the perfect small town Fourth of July celebration.
For questions about any of the activities, please call (828) 526-2112.
by Mary Jane McCall