Hanging Rock State Park will be the scene of a beach party and bonfire on Sunday, July 1 to start the celebration of the birth of America. Members of the community and park administrators have been planning this first time event for months. Organizers say they have intentionally scheduled the beach party for Sunday evening, July 1 rather than July 4, so everyone can still see and enjoy local fireworks scheduled for later in the week. Fireworks are never allowed inside the park.
Food will be available for sale from Good Times Barbecue.
“This is the first time we have had a food truck in the park and we’re happy that Good Times Barbecue has agreed to come up for the party,” said Hanging Rock State Park Superintendent Robin Riddlebarger. “Swimming hours will be extended until near dark and admittance is free.”
Several local organizations including the Stokes County Farmer’s Market, Friends of the Sauratown Mountains, and Danbury Community Church will have displays set up with a few items to sell.
Local musician and organizer Skip Staples says the beach party and bonfire will begin at 6 p.m. with live music by The Traveling Danburys, a popular acoustic ensemble, followed by a large bonfire at 8:30 p.m. The beach party will be emceed by North Carolina Top 40 radio legend Lad Carrington. The festivities will be over by 10 p.m. so park ’quiet hours’ will still be observed.
Staples cautions, “Of course, alcohol is not permitted in the park and dogs are not allowed on the beach, but singing, dancing, swimming, partying, and laughing are always welcome.”
Riddlebarger says she expects a large crowd of both park visitors and locals. Even though this is the first year, some people have already asked for the Hanging Rock Beach Party and Bonfire to become an annual event.
For more information and to schedule interviews, contact Skip Staples at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-816-8139.