“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” That’s what Loretta Allen, of the Mount Pleasant Special Events Committee says about the town’s Independence Day Celebration.
The committee’s goal, she says, is to welcome a lot of people to their small town and make sure everyone has a good time. They’ve been doing just that for 15 years, so they know what people like and what they expect.
The Independence Day festivities kick off on June 22, with the 16th annual Miss Mount Pleasant Independence Day pageant, open to contestants from age 2 to 22.
But the real heart of the celebration is on June 27, beginning with the Independence Day Parade down Main Street at 10 a.m. Amy Schueneman at Mount Pleasant Town Hall expects there will be more than 100 participants in the parade, including fire trucks, military equipment, beauty queens and animals.
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Julie Stephenson, a teacher at Mount Pleasant Middle School, cancer survivor, foster parent and tireless volunteer with Relay For Life and the Friends of the Library, will serve as the parade’s grand marshal.
Immediately following the parade, head over to the Mount Pleasant Library for a used book sale to benefit the Friends of the Mount Pleasant Library. Melissa Branham of the Friends group says that they’ve had more books donated for the sale than ever before, and with all books priced less than $1, it’s a great time to stock up on summer reading material.
You’ll be hungry after the parade and book shopping, but you can pick up some lunch at the Mount Pleasant Fire Department. Chief Jerry Taylor says they’ll start cooking early Saturday morning so the aroma of barbecued chicken will be in the air downtown during the parade.
If the firefighters looks a little sleepy as they cook and sell those chicken dinners, it’s because they may not sleep much the night before. Friday evening they will host a benefit softball tournament on McAllister Field, behind Town Hall.
Teams from local police and fire departments will play to raise money for a Mount Pleasant firefighter with medical issues. And of course, even as they play softball and cook chicken, “there will still be guys on duty,” Taylor said. “We trying to do all this, but we still have a job to do.”
If you’re not in the mood for chicken, stop by the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society museum to learn about local history, and get a hamburger or hot dog along with baked goods. They’ll be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Take a break from the heat in the afternoon, but return to Town Hall at 5 p.m. for food and craft vendors, a cruise-in and blood drive. Live music begins at 6 p.m. with Sound Barrier, then Too Much Sylvia. The highlight of the evening comes at 10 p.m. with the fireworks show.
That’s a busy day for this little town, but Loretta Allen and her committee wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love it,” she says.
Marcia Morris is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marcia? Email her at EasternCabarrusWriter@gmail.com
For information on any of these events, or to participate, go to the town of Mount Pleasant’s website at www.townofmountpleasantnc.org, Facebook page or call 704-436-9803.