Karen and I drove east of Charlotte to Gastonia, North Carolina on July 4th, 2017 to join the City’s 140th birthday celebration and Independence Day Party. Gastonia closed eight blocks in its historic downtown area for the bash.
The vacant store fronts along Main Street are beginning to show signs of new life with creative repurposing. Food stands and vendors’ booths lined the walks along the way. There were also free carnival rides for the kiddies, live bands playing in the evening and fireworks after dark.
Karen and I arrived early to avoid the crowds expected later and we left early to escape the unbearable heat of concrete streets and masonry buildings baking in the sweltering sun.
A community celebration of the 4th of July is always a treat to experience. Happy Birthday, America and Gastonia!