Highlands celebrates July 4 weekend

Highlands celebrated Independence Day weekend in the town’s traditional fashion.

Pictured below is a glimpse of July 4 weekend in Highlands. The fireworks display at the end was viewed from Sunset Rock:

There were a slew of games at the ball field, Highlands Fire & Rescue sprayed those willing to venture under the hose with a ladder truck, Rotary Club of Highlands grilled up free hot dogs at Founders Park, people gathered at Mill Creek to cheer on their number at the Duck Derby.

Highlands Fire & Rescue sprays kids with the firehose at Highlands Ballfield on July 4.

There was live music throughout the weekend that included three outdoor concerts, a trio strumming tunes throughout town on the back of a pickup truck, and bagpipers in front of the Highlands Presbyterian Church.

July 4 games at the Highlands Ball Field with hot dogs from Rotary Club of Highlands.

By sundown on July 4, people were setting up shop throughout town to view the fireworks display.

A popular spot is Founders Park or Sunset Rock, but the show can be seen pretty much be seen from anywhere in town.

Kids find a good spot on Sunset Rock to view the fireworks on July 4 in Highlands.

July 4 cloud cover had some fireworks exploding half in and half out of the clouds.

The weekend was sponsored by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center; with activities planned, organized, and executed by several organizations. As with previous years, the fireworks display was done by East Coast Pyrotechnics.

Throughout the July 4 weekend in Highlands, there were three live music concerts, bagpipers, and a trio of musicians playing through town on the back of a pickup truck.

Weather was a concern at times but never became an issue. Chamber Executive Director Kaye McHan said everything went off without a hitch.

Hundreds gather for the Ducky Derby at Mill Creek on July 4.

“The turnout was amazing,” she said. “Town was full of friends and families celebrating the weekend. We can’t control the weather but I’m thankful it held out and everything flowed beautifully.”

Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) was not able to swing by the ball field this year as they were responding to a call.

If you’ve never seen MAMA at the Highlands Ballfield, pictured below is a visit from MAMA in 2018:

Live concert on July 4 at Founders Park.

Bagpipers perform in front of the Highlands Presbyterian Church on July 2.

Cranking out to live music at Founders Park on July 2.

Founders Park on July 4 in Highlands.

Shoutout to the crew tasked with making sure all the ducks from the Duck Derby make it safely downstream , and to pick them all up after the race.

Getting ready to drop the ducks into Mill Creek.

Getting sprayed by Highlands Fire & Rescue hose at the ballfield.

Rotary Club of Highlands grilling up hotdogs for those attending game at the ball field.

Firefighter in training getting ready for HFR’s deluge with the hose.

Games at the Highlands Ball Field on July 4.

Kicking it with family and friends on July 4 at the ball field.

Passing a leaking bucket, then racing back to the start and doing it again at the Highlands Ball Field.

So close…

Listening to live tunes at Founders Park.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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