By Alex Gladu, Independent We Stand
Big or small, every community has that one event that locals and visitors alike enjoy year after year. Maybe it’s a regional event – such as the county fair – that turns the community into the focus of the entire region. It could be a festival that honors a particularly historic resident, or a block party that gives the town an excuse to dance. No matter what it is, that event could be happening this summer in your community – and you won’t want to miss out.
Downtown Lynden Block Party
Monday, July 4, 2016
Winner of the Independent We Stand, America’s Main Streets contest, Downtown Lynden, will hold a block party celebration to thank residents for their support during the contest. The first 300 attendees will be welcomed with free food and a T-shirt. Attendees can also expect live music, line dancing, giveaways, and children’s activities, throughout the afternoon. For more information about the event, go to www.Facebook.com/LyndenDBA.
Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Westfield, New Jersey
The annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival brings downtown Westfield to life for the summer. Each Tuesday evening in July and August, jazz music will fill the downtown streets, providing a festive soundtrack for locals and visitors who are out for dinner, drinks or a stroll. The free live music will be set up at different points of interest throughout the summer, attracting listeners to new parts of town – and, in turn, to the different businesses around them. Learn more about the festival from www.westfieldtoday.com.
Kingsport Carousel 1st Birthday & Fun Fest
Sunday, July 10, 2016
In Kingsport, Tennessee, an elaborate carousel sits across the street from the local farmer’s market. The Kingsport Carousel opened last year after several years of work from local businessmen, policymakers and artisans. This July, the city’s annual Fun Fest will celebrate the carousel’s first anniversary of operation with games, music, food trucks and carousel rides. More information is available from www.downtownkingsport.com.
Franklin County Fair & Horse Show
Tuesday, July 12 – Saturday, July 16, 2016
The annual Franklin County Fair & Horse Show is much more than a single event. Over the course of five days, the fair will feature a carnival, a beauty pageant, an antiques show, a demolition derby, a talent show and much, much more. It’s a celebration of the community that truly offers something for everyone. More information is available at www.downtownfrankfort.com and www.franklincountyfair.info.
Annie Oakley Festival
Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31, 2016
Each year, the Greenville community honors sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who lived nearby. Now in its 53rd year, the 2016 festival will feature town favorites, like the Miss Annie Oakley shooting contest and a parade through downtown Greenville. Local vendors will be on-site throughout the festival. Learn more at www.mainstreetgreenville.org and www.annieoakleyfestival.org.
Take advantage of the extra daylight and warmer temperatures to see what your community is all about in July. Main Street events bring people to the hub of a city’s local businesses, giving them a chance to try new restaurants, see new sights and meet new people. Find a Main Street program in your area or check with your local chamber of commerce to learn about similar events near you.
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