Why Do We Celebrate the 4th of July?
Where Do 4th of July traditions Come From?
The first 4th of July celebration was in Philadelphia in 1777. Everyone continued to celebrate in their own ways with friends and family, but celebrations included activities such as, bonfires, public speeches from various individuals about the importance of July 4th, cannon fires to honor and salute the 13 colonies, and plenty of parades for people of all ages!
How Do We Celebrate the 4th of July today?
Many of July 4th traditions came from previous celebrations in 1777. Today, celebrations could include, hosting a barbecue for friends and family members, a town festival, or hiring a band for the night and enjoying some good music and food from various food trucks. Another big tradition is to curl up on the lawn with chairs and a blanket with family, friends, and neighbors, and watch all of the colorful fireworks light up the night sky! July 4th was, and still is, a time to remind everyone of their rights and the freedom we receive, living in America.
If you are looking for ways to celebrate, see below for some ideas on where to go this holiday weekend!
Friday, July 1st
Ziggy’s is hosting an Independence weekend kickoff with Brother Pearl and Simerson Hill, located on 1547 W. English Rd. in High Point. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 7:30 PM! Wear red, white, and blue to commemorate the start of Independence weekend!
Kick off July 4th weekend with the High Point Rockers! Starting at 6:35 PM, the Rockers will play Southern Maryland, followed by fireworks post-game to commemorate the start of July 4th weekend! Make sure to message your friends to meet you at Truist Point Stadium Friday night. Gates open at 6 PM!
Saturday, July 2nd
The High Point Museum, located at 1859 E. Lexington Ave. is hosting Quill Pen Writing in the Historical Park at 10 AM. Practice your Declaration of Independence signature with quill and black walnut ink provided by High Point Museum’s costumed interpreters. Be sure to visit the Blacksmith as he crafts various iron pieces while you are there. Both events are free and open to the public!
Join the High Point Rockers at 6:30 PM as they commemorate the individuals who wear and have worn our nation’s military uniform. During the game, The High Point Rockers will also wear custom Red, White, and Blue Camo jerseys, that will be auctioned off later that evening in order to raise money for the Triad Honor Fight! Located on 301 N. Elm Street in High Point, all active duty and retired military members will receive half off of their ticket by bringing a proper ID (or DD-214) to the box office! This event is perfect for family members of all ages! Head on over to Truist Point Stadium as you enjoy special pre-game activities, including a performance from the Army 208th Band.
End the day with Ziggy’s featuring 24K Magic, the #1 Bruno Mars Tribute Show in the country! Enjoy a high energy show with songs like ‘Uptown Funk’ and ‘Locked Out of Heaven’. You will think you are watching the real thing with the way they deliver the ultimate Bruno Mars concert experience. Doors open at 7:00 PM and Show starts at 8:00 PM.
Sunday, July 3rd
Ziggy’s is hosting a Stephen Marley, Babylon By Bus Tour on Sunday night. Stephen Marley is an award-winning singer/songwriter and producer. In total, Stephen Marley has won over eight Grammy Awards. He is the second eldest son of the reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the event will begin at 7:30 PM. This event is open to the public but only for individuals ages twenty-one and up. Enjoy great summertime music accompanied by your favorite adult beverage!
Monday, July 4th
Ziggy’s is hosting a community July 4th BBQ with Sean Mills of Machine Funk! Doors open at 6 PM and the show starts at 7 PM! Tickets are $5 per person and are available online at ziggys.space. Alcohol and food will be available for purchase as you celebrate the holiday with great music, friends, and family!
The Annual Uncle Sam Jam is back at Oak Hollow Festival Park, 1841 Eastchester Dr. The High Point Parks & Recreation Department has been proud partners of this family-friendly tradition since 1973 and are excited to host it again! Gates open at 4:30 PM and parking is $10 per vehicle. There will also be a $20 family fun zone filled with games, food, bouncy houses, and more available for children of all ages! Camel City Yacht Club will be performing at 5 PM, followed by Hampton Drive at 6:30 PM! Make sure to stick around until 9:15 PM for a beautiful firework show ending the July 4th celebration over Oak Hollow Lake! Feel free to bring coolers, chairs, and blankets along with family and friends as you remember and celebrate this special day for America.
On July 4th be one of the first four hundred fans through the gates at Finch Field, located at 7003 Ball Park Rd. in Thomasville, North Carolina to receive a HiToms logo baseball as High Point Thomasville (HiToms) take on the Wilson Tobs!