NEWS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Aislinn Spain, Operations Assistant
Media contact for festival July 3-4, 2015
336.509.0743 – cell and text
THE 41st ANNUAL FUN FOURTH FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL SCHEDULE
GREENSBORO, N.C. – June 25, 2015 - The 41st annual Fun Fourth Festival will continue the tradition of patriotic celebrations in Downtown Greensboro this Fourth of July. The Festival will be held in the Downtown Historic District and Hamburger Square Park. More than 90,000 people are expected to enjoy this community event commemorating America’s freedom.
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 Sat., June 27 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. 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 Marriott 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 27.
The Festival week comes into full swing with the Fun 4th Festival Kickoff Block Party from 7-11 p.m. on Fri., July 3 in the Carolina Theatre parking lot, 310 S. Greene St. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s musical entertainment will be beach music performed by Part Time Party Time Band. Admission is $5. Free parking will be available in city parking garages and area surface lots. Gate City Trolley will provide free trolley rides along Elm Street and to the Carolina Theatre.
The Independence Day Parade at the Fun Fourth Festival will start at 9:30 a.m. Sat., 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, west on Washington and disbanding north on Eugene.
The daylong Fun Fourth Street Festival begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Downtown historic district surrounding the Carolina Theatre. Festivities include five stages of live music, a variety of foods, arts and crafts exhibitors, children's activities, amusements and rides and heritage exhibits.
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 country group GalFriday Band and national folk duo Shook Twins. In the Elm/McGee parking lot, festival goers will be able to show off their musical talents at a karaoke stage.
Independence Day will end with an exciting event on Friday 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 Philharmonia of Greensboro will begin at 7:30 p.m.; 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 27
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 9:15 a.m.; no registration required
Friday, July 3
Fun 4th Festival Kickoff Block Party
Carolina Theatre parking lot, 310 S. Greene St.
Beach music by Part Time Party Time Band
Saturday, July 4
Independence Day Parade at Fun Fourth Festival
Parade route: Begins at Greene & Lindsay Street, travels south on Greene, west on Washington, disbanding north on Eugene.
Register online at www.funfourthfestival.org/parade
Saturday, July 4
Fun Fourth Street Festival
Downtown Greensboro Historic District & Hamburger Square Park
10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Admission and parking free.
Saturday, 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 Sunday, 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.