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MAGGIE VALLEY — Pack your picnic basket and round up those cornhole and croquette sets for a community Fourth of July celebration leading up to a fireworks show at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.

The Backyard Fourth is akin to a family cook-out in the backyard, but on a community-wide scale. The event began a few years ago to give folks something to do while waiting around for the main event: the fireworks show at dark.

The gates to the festival grounds open at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 4. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs, a picnic supper, bubbles, hula hoops, balls and whatever yard games you can muster. Fireworks will be shot off at dark.

To maintain a family-friendly atmosphere, no alcohol is allowed.

The Backyard Fourth was canceled last year due to COVID, although Maggie Valley shot off fireworks anyway — folks were just on their own to stake out a viewing spot through the valley.

The Backyard Fourth is back on this year, and the chance to come together in celebration carries more meaning than ever.

Located at 3374 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. For more info, go to maggievalleync.gov or call 828-926-0866.