July always starts with a bang – but the local fun doesn’t fizzle out with the fireworks. From the fourth through the 31st, July has plenty of downtown festivals, parades and entertainment to offer. Check out the list below or consult your local Main Street organization to plan your month.
Red, White and Bluegrass
July 4-7, 2018
Morganton, North Carolina
Beginning with a variety of outdoor activities on Independence Day, the Red, White and Bluegrass Festival brings a weekend of live entertainment to Morganton. The Independence Day celebration includes mini golf, cornhole, a frog jumping contest and, of course, fireworks. Then, a dozen bands will fill the rest of the long weekend with a festive soundtrack. More information on this 14-year local tradition is available from Downtown Morganton.
July 6-8, 2018
Roswell, New Mexico
Roswell’s annual UFO Festival celebrates the 1947 “Roswell Incident,” when news reports told of a crashed UFO in southeastern New Mexico. To commemorate the strange incident that sets Roswell apart from other communities, festival-goers will “invade” the city for a weekend of activity. The festival will include laser shows, a light parade, live music and entertainment and renowned UFO speakers. Dress yourself and your furry friend like aliens to enter the human and pet costume contest. Whether you’re a UFO enthusiast or a skeptic, find more information from MainStreet Roswell.
July 19, 2018
Shop local and shop late at this downtown retail event. Downtown shops and other vendors will set up and stay open late to encourage consumers to shop local in Bennington. Some shops will even stay open until midnight. In addition to the late-night festivities, Midnight Madness will feature some of the best bargains of the year in Bennington. Check out the details from the Bennington Downtown Alliance.
Friday Night Live
July 20, 2018
Old Town Winchester’s summer live music event will return in 2018 for a second year. This year’s event will feature cover bands known for playing ‘70s and ‘80s hits. To enhance the experience for the concertgoers, chairs will be provided this year – no lawn chairs required! Learn more from Old Town Winchester.
Sweet Corn Days
July 26-29, 2018
Sweet Corn Days is a family-friendly tradition in Elkader, Iowa. This annual event features a carnival, parade, donut hole eating contest, softball tournament and more. The festival spans the entire community, with a moonlight swim offered at the city pool, a concert series in a local park and an equestrian show at the local horse arena. Of course, free sweet corn will be available during the event. For more information, visit Elkader Sweet Corn Days online.
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