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CONTACT: Aislinn Spain, Operations Assistant
Media contact for festival week of June 29 – July 7
Fun 4th Media Office – Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St.
336.509.0743 – cell and text
Media vehicle access at Friendly Ave/Church St intersection ONLY between 5:30am – 8:45 a.m.
Fun 4th Festival Map:
THE 39TH ANNUAL FUN FOURTH FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL SCHEDULE
GREENSBORO, N.C. – June 24, 2013 – The 39th annual Fun Fourth Festival will continue the tradition of patriotic celebrations in Downtown Greensboro this Fourth of July. About 90,000 people are expected to enjoy this community event commemorating America’s creation.
Highlights include the Freedom Run & Walk, the Kickoff Block Party, the Independence Day Parade and Street Festival. The closing event is the News & Record Pops Concert and the Fun Fourth Fireworks Finale at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. More than 100 businesses and the City of Greensboro help sponsor the events. More than 12,000 volunteer hours of assistance will be donated.
Festivities begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 29 with the Freedom Run in Downtown Greensboro. Participants run or walk in honor of our dedicated military personnel & veterans. It includes the Fun Fourth 10K, a 2-mile Fun Run and Walk and the Tot Trot. Tumblebees Ultimate Gym will be present with activities for children, as well as their famous Tumblebus and its gymnastics apparatus. The scenic courses go through historic residential areas and Fisher Park. The event is open to all ages.
The Start/Finish Line and Award Ceremonies will be staged beside the Downtown Greensboro at 301 N. Greene St. Applications are available to download at www.funfourthfestival.org or participants may register at the race site between 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. on June 29.
The Festival week comes into full swing with the Kickoff Block Party at Natty Greene’s (new location this year!) from 6-11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 in Hamburger Square Park, 345 S. Elm St. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. The evening’s musical entertainment will begin with Americana group The New Familiars from 6-6:45 p.m. Indie folk group, Swear and Shake, will follow from 7-8 p.m. Headliners Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys will take the stage from 8:30-10:30 p.m. with a set mixing Bluegrass and Americana. Admission is free, wristbands to purchase alcohol are $1. Free parking will be available in the Greene Street deck and area surface lots.
The Independence Day Parade at the Fun Fourth Festival will start at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4. The Parade heralds a day full of free fun as it winds through Downtown Greensboro, beginning at N. Greene and Lindsay Streets, traveling south on Greene, east on Market, north on Church and ending at the Greensboro Children’s Museum. Dolley Elm, the Fun Fourth Festival mascot, will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal.
The daylong Fun Fourth Street Festival begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Downtown cultural district surrounding Center City Park. Festivities include four stages of live music, a variety of foods, arts and crafts exhibitors, children’s activities, amusements and rides and heritage exhibits. This year, for the first time, beer will be available throughout the entire festival area.
The music stages will have something for everyone – rock, urban, gospel, bluegrass, R&B and folk music – and will showcase both local talent and national acts. Other musical favorites include the power pop trio of Big Bang Boom and cover group Street Feat.
Independence Day will end with an exciting event on Thursday evening at White Oak Amphitheatre at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex with the News & Record Pops Concert and Fun Fourth Fireworks Finale.
The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for parking and tailgating and at 6:30 p.m. for seating in the Amphitheatre.
The News & Record Pops Concert featuring The Army Ground Forces Band from Fort Bragg will begin at 7:30 PM; the Fireworks Finale will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. All parking is free.
Cushions and blankets may be used on the lawn seating in the Amphitheatre, but no personal chairs are allowed. Lawn chairs are available to rent at $5 per chair just inside the amphitheatre entry gates. Food and beverage vendors will be accessible in the amphitheatre and to those viewing from the parking lots.
Other optimum viewing areas for the fireworks are lots along Patterson Avenue and High Point Road between the Coliseum and Florida Street and on Lee Street near UNCG. Follow cancellation and weather delays via Twitter @Fun4thGSO.
For the safety and enjoyment of everyone, no pets, bicycles, skates, skateboards or coolers are allowed at any Fun Fourth Festival event, including the concert in the Amphitheatre.
Full schedule of events and musical groups at www.funfourthfestival.org
Festival schedule at a glance:
Saturday, June 29
Freedom Run & Walk
Greensboro Marriott Downtown, 301 N. Greene St.
Fun Fourth 10K and 2-Mile Fun Run & Walk
Pre-registration and fees online: www.funfourthfestival.org
Children’s races at 9:30 a.m.; no registration required
Wednesday, July 3
Kickoff Block Party at Natty Greene’s
Hamburger Square Park, 345 S. Elm St.
Admission: Free, Wristbands to purchase alcohol $1
Thursday, July 4
Independence Day Parade at Fun Fourth Festival
Parade route: Begins at Greene & Lindsay Street, travels south on Greene, east on Market, north on Church, ending at the Greensboro Children’s Museum.
Register online at www.funfourthfestival.org/parade
Thursday, July 4
Fun Fourth Street Festival
Downtown Greensboro Cultural District & Center City Park
10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Admission and parking free.
Thursday, July 4
News & Record Pops Concert and Fun Fourth Fireworks Finale
White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum
Gates open for Parking & Tailgating at 5:30 p.m.
Gates open to seating in Amphitheatre at 6:30 p.m.
News & Record Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m.
Independence Day Ceremonies at 8:50 p.m.
Patriotic Music and Fireworks Finale at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting
-Admission and parking free; no pets, please.
-Tailgating allowed in parking lot only
-Blankets and cushions allowed on lawn seating in Amphitheatre
-No lawn chairs, outside food and beverages in White Oak Amphitheatre.
-Rain date Friday, July 5.
-Follow cancellation and weather delays via Twitter @Fun4thGSO
For more information about the Fun Fourth Festival, please visit www.funfourthfestival.org, www.facebook.com/Fun4thGSO, follow on Twitter @Fun4thGSO, or call 336.274.4595.
About Grassroots Productions Limited, Inc.
Grassroots Productions Limited is a Greensboro, North Carolina organization that stages charitable and educational activities that foster interest in local history and events in Guilford County. Grassroots Productions produces two holiday festivals annually – Fun Fourth Festival, celebrating our nation’s independence in July, and the Festival of Lights, a winter festival on the first weekend of December.