• Brooke and Blake Kramer try to win a beta fish at the Independence Day Celebration in Murphy in 2016. Photo by BEN KATZ

Fourth of July parade, festivities set in Murphy

    Murphy – After a year hiatus, the town’s Fourth of July parade is back.
    The once annual parade will start at 2 p.m. Wednesday and run from the L&N Depot through town to Konehete Park. Staging will begin around 12:30 p.m. at the depot.
    “We have some interesting entries this year, so it should be a lot of fun,” Murphy Councilwoman Barbara Hughes said.
    There will be festivities beginning at 10 a.m. at Konehete Park, including vendors and other fun for all ages. Part of the proceeds of this year’s event will go toward the Fraternal Order of Police’s plans to add more handicapped-accessible playground equipment throughout Cherokee County. The fun will include a peanut drop at noon in the park.
    Last year, no one stepped up to run a Fourth of July parade for the town. However, a few Tarheel residents did stage a fun golf cart parade.
    “This is something the mayor really wanted to see happen again, so I ended up taking the reins and running it,” said Hughes, who has coordinated the annual Murphy Christmas Parade for many years.
    The fireworks will shoot off around 9:30-9:40 p.m., or dark thirty as it is known around here. The rainout date for the fireworks is Thursday, but Hughes said they will do all they can to get it in tonight.
    “We will try our best to pull it off,” she said. “But sometimes you can’t argue with Mother Nature.”