Thousands gathered along Highway 49 for the Town of Harrisburg’s 22nd annual July 4th Celebration – “Celebrating Our Independence and Honoring Our Military and Their Families.”
Attendees lined the shoulder of the northbound lanes between Captain Steve’s Family Seafood Restaurant, the parade’s starting point, and Robinson Avenue, the end of the route. Marchers tossed candy and handed out frozen treats to spectators, as floats carrying veterans – and their spouses in some instances – from across the region slowly made their way toward the center of town in scorching heat.
“We never miss this,” said Adam Dillon, who traveled from Concord with his wife, Wendy, and their four children – Madelyn, 7, Julia, 11, Anna, 12, and Grace, 14 – to take in the festivities.
Jim and Dina Ford, 30-year Harrisburg residents, claimed their perch near Killian Plaza well before marchers stepped off at 9 a.m. Mr. Ford, who dusted off his oversized flag hat for the parade, said they make a point of attending every year.
Camped out just up the road were Debra Kemp-Hendricks, and siblings Maxwell and Chancellor Manigan. Maxwell, 13, and Chancellor, 8, were patiently waiting for the float carrying their 3-year-old sister, Harper. She earned the title of “Baby Miss” in the 2019 Miss Cabarrus County youth pageant this past spring.