Two major 4th of July celebrations will take place this year in McDowell County. Both Marion and Old Fort will host events and activities including fireworks in both locations.

The 4th of July celebration in Marion includes a parade at 5:30 pm, live music from the Foothills Community Band, a street dance and the music of Gotcha Groove at 7 pm on Main Street and fireworks around 9:45 pm at the McDowell Recreation field.

Activities in Old Fort Mountain include the Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social at the Mountain Gateway Museum from  2 to 4 p.m. The annual Independence Day Parade will kick off at 4 pm. The day's activities culminate with a fireworks show around 9 pm. Fireworks will be located in the large field adjacent to McDonalds of Old Fort.