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RED, WHITE AND BLUE RIDGE: CELEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY IN RUTHERFORD COUNTY

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Spend this Independence Day in Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills whose rich origins in the founding of America make for fun-filled, small-town celebrations with big patriotism. Lakeside parties, main street festivals, and mountain resort getaways are waiting for you in Rutherford County.

July 3: Independence Day Celebration in the Hickory Nut Gorge- This fireworks display can be seen from two different amazing spots - gorgeous Morse Park Meadows and the serene Beach at Lake Lure! The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge will be selling 4th of July treats, baked goods, and snack food by the Welcome Center, or you can enjoy ice cream, snow cones and more at the food court across from the beach entrance. Bring the whole gang and some lawn chairs - the beach opens at 8 p.m.!

July 4: 4th of July Freedom Festival, Downtown Rutherfordton- Join us for a whole day of patriotic celebration for everyone, starting with a walking parade at 3:30 p.m. featuring honored veterans, members of the police and fire departments, town officials, and kids! Nothing says "America" like dunking booths, watermelon eating contests, cornhole, hot dog vendors, fresh lemonade and of course, festival food. Root for your favorites in Rutherfordton's traditional Soapbox Derby and then enjoy an amazing fireworks display! Learn more athttp://www.rutherfordtown.com/july-4th-freedom-fest.html.

July 4: 4th of July Independence Day Celebration at Rumbling Bald Resort- Lake Lure's Rumbling Bald Resort boasts an incredible fireworks show, but even before it begins, they arere celebrating this July 4th with games for kids, music, a cookout on the resort's private beach, a parade of golf carts, and more! Fun starts at 9 a.m. and "Lake Lure's Best Fireworks Show" starts at 9:30 p.m.! While beach access is only open to resort guests and residents, public boat viewing of the fireworks display is welcome and encouraged. Rent a pontoon boat from the Lake Lure Adventure Company or Lake Lure Tours and cruise to the North end of Lake Lure to watch the action on the water. http://www.rumblingbald.com/events/4th-july-independence-day-celebration

About Lake Lure & the Blue Ridge Foothills of Rutherford County, N.C. From world-class adventure to breathtaking scenery, choose your adventure in Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills of Rutherford County, N.C. Plan your trip today atwww.RutherfordTourism.com or find us on Facebook.

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