A small town friendly celebration starts with the traditional patriotic parade with flag lined streets and Veterans proudly dressed in their uniforms. Kids fill wagons with red, white and blue streamers, and local dignitaries wave to a cheering crowd. For many of the locals this is the favorite part of the day! Many activities can be enjoyed by the whole family including dunking booths, watermelon eating contests, corn-hole competitions, plenty of local vendors to shop, fresh squeezed lemonade and festival fair food plus live music. Don't miss the Rutherfordton's famous Race for the Gold Soapbox Derby. Top off the day with a spectacular fireworks display!