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July 4 fun including Dry Run concert, fireworks display set to explode in Syria

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What an afternoon and evening of free fun the fine folks at Graves Mountain Lodge have planned to celebrate the nation’s 238th birthday. As is the Syria resort’s annual custom going back three decades, it will again provide one of the area’s more impressive Independence Day fireworks displays, starting a little after dark (around 9 p.m.) this Friday, July 4.

Thousands are expected to fill the site’s main parking areas off Old Blue Ridge Turnpike (Route 670) to take in the unique show – the fireworks’ effects are amplified as their booms reverberate after bouncing off the tall mountains encircling the Syria Valley. There is no formal admission charge, but most attending make a donation to the Madison County Rescue Squad and Madison County Volunteer Fire Company reps greeting those arriving for the display.

Lawn chairs in tow, many come well earlier than the fireworks display to picnic or purchase Graves goodies to eat.

There is also a free concert set for 4-8 p.m. at Graves’ Sycamore Pavilion, just north of the Rose River. It will now showcase the Madison County-based Southern country rockers, Dry Run Band, the Graves Facebook page reports. The hometown group includes Marcus Nicholson, Cory Hoffman, Max Malmgren, Justin Breeden and Chase Dunbar. (The band originally scheduled to perform, Chesapeake, Va.-based Cody Austin Band, canceled this week, reportedly due to fears Hurricane Arthur could interfere with its travel plans.) Click on this link to view a videoclip of Dry Run performing a crowd-pleasing version of the country classic "Okie from Muskogee":

Pony rides for children will also be offered at Graves 4-8 p.m.

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