Dressed in red, white and blue
On the eve of Independence Day, as preparations for America's birthday continued, men and women were asked to dress in patriotic colors for their routine visit and lunch at Rutherford County Senior Center on Thursday.
Seniors wore their favorite red slacks, red shirts, red blouses, hats, socks and even sunglasses.
Karl Hardin pulled up his pants legs to show off his red, white and blue socks.
"They are as old as the hills," Hardin said.
Bernice Mitchell was dressed in patriotic colors from the top of her sun visor to her slacks. She even wore an American flag on her chest and read notes from a red, white and blue newsletter.
Rene Michaud brought out his red, white and blue sunglasses and smiled for a picture.
Female card players used red, white and blue cards for their July 3 games.
Several seniors had specific plans for July 4.
"I'll go next door.They always have a barbecue," said Mitchell.
Others were going to Rutherfordton and Gilkey for the events.
Fern Mohr was invited by friends to join them for hot dogs.
Hardin plans to attend as many festivities July 4 as possible and on Saturday will attend the Forest City Owls game and watch fireworks.
July 4 festivities will be held in Gilkey, Rutherfordton, Lake Lure and nearby Mooresboro and Columbus.
Public fireworks displays are scheduled Friday in Gilkey and at Rumbling Bald, Lake Lure.
On Saturday night, the Chamber of the Hickory Nut Gorge will display its fireworks near Morse Park at the beach at Lake Lure. There is no fee to watch the fireworks from the beach area.
Fireworks will be set off just behind the gazebo in Morse Park and people are invited to bring chairs and blankets to sit out on the lawn in the park.
There are limited picnic tables with grills in Morse Park that are first-come-first-served.No alcoholic beverages permitted.
The beach will open at 8 p.m. for viewing the fireworks (no swimming) free of charge and the green space in front of and beside the 1927 Arcade Building will be open for viewing and picnics.
Also Saturday, fireworks will be displayed after the Forest City Owls game at McNair Field.The game begins at 7:30 p.m.
Rutherfordton's festivities will include the walking parade where everyone is supposed to dress in red, white and blue. The soapbox derby follows.
The Gilkey community begins its events at 4 p.m. with Cruise-In car show, plenty of July 4 food and Bingo. Fireworks begin at about 9:30 p.m.
The Columbus 4th of July event will include a Veterans Honor presentation at 12 noon at the stage area.
The American Legion Memorial, Post 250 and Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 9116 and Ladies Auxiliary and the Polk County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard are sponsoring the salute to the veterans.
July 4 festivities:
Rutherfordton: 10 a.m. Downtown festival — includes walking parade, soapbox derby, food and other vendors
Gilkey: 4 p.m. Car show, food, bingo, fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Columbus: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Downtown festival; food, live entertainment, family fun; fireworks
Mooresboro: All day event with parades, events, food and fireworks
Saturday, July 5
Lake Lure: 9 p.m. Fireworks show at Morse Park near the Lake Beach.
Forest City: Fireworks after Owls game at McNair Field