After a year of COVID-19 cancellations, the Village of Pinehurst announced it will bring back its Independence Day celebration. Fourthfest takes place on Saturday, July 3, and is a day packed with patriotic fun for everyone.
The day begins with the Independence Day Parade through the Village. Pets will lead off the parade at 9:45 a.m. and all other entries will start at 10 a.m.
The Village of Pinehurst Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for the parade. Families, community groups, businesses, and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to participate. Applications, parade routes, and guidelines can be found on the Village website at vopnc.org (click on the Fourthfest image on the homepage).
Following the parade, stick around Tufts Memorial Park for the Sandhills Farmers Market, which features some of the many wonderful farms, nurseries, bakeries, meat and egg providers, cheesemakers, and specialty food producers our area has to offer.
The celebration will continue into the afternoon at the Pinehurst Harness Track for Fourthfest concerts and fireworks. The concert, fireworks viewing, and food trucks will all be located on the half-mile track infield. Visitors can park at the mile track by using the Monticello Rd. entrance.
This year, the Village partnered with Pinehurst Resort to allow for an even bigger celebration with more space to spread out. The fireworks will now launch from the first hole on Course No. 1 — a perfect vantage point from the infield party.
The band, Night Years, will rock the stage all night with their multi-decade range of music and high-energy performance. Outside food is allowed, but please remember this event is alcohol-free. Gates open at 4 p.m., concerts kick off at 6 p.m., and the fireworks finale begins around 9:15 p.m.
For more information on the Fourthfest in the Village of Pinehurst, visit vopnc.org or call 910-295-2817.
Feature photo of 2018 Independence Parade in the Village of Pinehurst by Sandhills Sentinel Photographer John Patota.