RED WHITE and FREEDOM
Gastonia, NC July 4th Festival
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What is Red White and Freedom?
2013 Festival Schedule:
Gastonia July 4th Festival 2013 Hours 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 - Military Ceremony at the Rotary Pavilion
11:00 - Street Vendors and Downtown Merchants/Restaurants Open
11:00 - Firecracker Bake Off Begins
12:00 - Pie Eating Contest at the Rotary Pavilion
12:00 - Car Show on E Main Ave (between S. Marietta St and S. Oakland St)
12:00 - Military Display Opens
12:00 - History Museum Opens
12:00 - Carnival Rides Open
12:30 - Watermelon Eating Contest at the Rotary Pavilion
1:00 - Hotdog Eating Contest at the Rotary Pavilion
2:00 - Live Music at the Rotary Pavilion (please see the music page for a schedule of bands)
2:00 - Car Show Judging
4:00 - Car Show Ends and Trophies Awarded (S Oakland St)
6:00 - Firecracker Bake Off ends and winners are announced (Gastonia Conference Center)
8:00 - History Museum Closes
9:00 - Carnival Rides Close
9:00 - Street Vendors Begin Closing (some vendors may remain open during the fireworks)
9:15 - FIREWORKS! (approximate time)
Festival schedule is subject to change at anytime.
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The Red White and Freedom Festival is a celebration of the July 4th holiday and also the many wonderful military men and women that have served and are currently serving our country. This years festival aims to honor these military men and women for their loyalty, bravery, and honor. The festival will also literally have something for everyone as the Downtown merchants move to the streets so you can sidewalk shop and join with other street vendors for the many events that are planned. Downtown Gastonia will
be THE place to be on July 4th! The 2012 festival was named as "the festival to attend" by a leading Southeast newspaper and crowds for the 1st time event topped 15,000. The 2013 festival will be even bigger and better and you don't want to miss it!
The music stage will be at the center of the festival at the Rotary Pavillion and there are
sounds to please a wide variety of taste of listeners. Local talent will be featured.
Speaking of tastes, don't miss all of the great food including the the Hot Dog Eating Contest,
Watermelon Eating Contest, and the Pie Eating Contest. Many Downtown restaurants will be
open to enjoy lunch or dinner. We also have the Firecracker Bake Off being held in the Gastonia
Conference Center. What would a festival be without the food? Street vendors will have plenty of
funnel cakes, cotton candy, and just about everything else!
With plenty of carnival rides for every age there will be something to do for everyone in
the family. Don't miss the special kids area and your family can even bring their own picnic to
enjoy in our picnic area.
The festival will begin with a special Military Ceremony at the Rotary Pavilion beginning at
11:00 am. There will also be a special Military Display for you to experience. Our history
museum this year will not only feature Downtown Gastonia but also Gaston County Military Heritage. The History Museum will be
a must see during the day.
Make plans now to attend the Largest July 4th Festival in the Southern Piedmont!