This post will contain everything I know about Laurel’s Fourth of July events.
This year every major event will happen on July 4th. With that in mind, here are the day’s events:
- 7:30am – Prayer Breakfast at Georgia House, Delaware Ave. Pastor Tim Dukes will be the speaker for the morning with musical ministry by Bruce and Nancy Willey
- 8:30am – 5K Run/Walk – registration begins at 7:30am at the North Laurel Elementary School. (entry)
- 9:00am-3pm Car Show, Georgia House parking lot
- 10:00am – Red, White, and Blue Parade. Line up starts at 8:30am on Evergreen Drive. Central Avenue will be shut down from Oak Lane Drive to Five Points during the parade. (register for the parade by July 1)
- 10:30am-until the start of fireworks – Carnival, next to The Insurance Mart on N. Central Ave
- 12:00pm-12:30pm – Announcement of the winners of the Red, White, and Blue Parade and 5K Run.
- 1:00pm-2:30pm – Talent Show
- 2:30pm-3:00pm – Pie Eating Contest
- 3:00pm-4:00pm – local entertainment
- 4:00pm-4:30pm – Best Pie and Cake Contest
- 4:30pm-6:00pm – local entertainment
- 6:00pm-8:00pm – Bruce & Nancy Willey and the Gospel Cafe Band
- dusk – fireworks (rain date will be July 5)
The carnival is set up next to The Insurance Mart on N. Central Ave. Its schedule is as follows:
- June 30 to July 3, open 6-10pm, wristband nights $15 – ride all night.
- July 4, open 10:30am until the start of fireworks.
- Kids and adults rides
There is a dunking booth which apparently is all day. I would love to know who is on the “dunkee” list.
County Councilman Vance Phillips will be having a Watermelon Eating Contest. I have no information on the time of the event.
It’s safe to say that all the events and times are subject to change. Also, this is not an official list. It is merely what I have learned from the newspapers. If there are any updates, they will be added at the end of this post.
Visit the Laurel Chamber of Commerce’s web site for applications for the various events.
UPDATE: The Laurel Police Department asked that all vehicles be removed off of Central Avenue by 8:00 am Saturday morning.
Any vehicles left parked on the parade route will be towed.