On Monday evening we went to the YMCA in Kings Mountain to watch the fireworks. There were quite a few people there, perhaps a couple thousand.
Before the fireworks started, there were some other special events. It started with the presentation of the colors. We all stood and saluted the flag and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Then we remained at attention as the flag passed by during the parade.
After the presentation of the colors and the parade, there was a speech by the mayor. After this a teenage girl sang the National Anthem. She was very nervous but made it all the way through the song. Then another lady got up and sang God Bless America. I felt sorry for her though as she was trying to sing to a sound track, and the sound track did not seem to be working. Then another lady came up. She also sang God Bless America. She had on a blue dress and a white jacket. Even though the sound system did not seem to be working right, she did not let herself be bothered by this. She sang out loud and clear with enthusiasm and feeling. It seemed she was putting her heart into the song. Then another young lady came up and sang America The Beautiful. After she was done, another young lady came up. She was the third one to sing God Bless America. This time the sound track was working, so she did a little better than the first lady.
Following the singing, the bagpipe band played Amazing Grace. Then there was the retreat of the colors. Again we all stood at attention.
Just before the fireworks, there was a reenactment of the Battle of Kings Mountain. As the "victory" was won, the British flag was taken down, and the National Anthem was played as a big American flag was raised. We all stood at attention again as it was raised. As soon as the flag was raised all the way to the top, the fireworks began.
The fireworks were exciting, and I took quite a few pictures. Below are just a few of these. Hope you enjoy!