VINTON, Va. (WFXR) — Just two days after a large fire damaged multiple downtown buildings, the Vinton Fourth of July Celebration kicked off Monday with food trucks, dancing, and good old-fashioned fun, helping community members impacted by the incident.
East Washington Avenue was closed down on Monday, July 4 so Vinton residents could roam the street with sparklers and glasses of ice-cold lemonade.
“My favorite part of the Fourth of July is the fireworks and the grand finale,” said Hannah Kate, a young girl attending the event with her family.
Fireworks are also the favorite of Vinton Mayor Bradley Grose, who says the fun-filled festival was another sign of endurance for the small town after a fire burned multiple businesses and apartments on Saturday, July 2.
“Businesses stepped up the very day of the fire,” said Grose. “Then afterwards, when the word got out that there were some displaced people, we immediately started getting donations of clothes and money so it’s been awesome to see.”
The celebration was another chance to help. Salty’s Lobster and Co. and Wicked Lemon had stands at the festival and each donated a dollar for every sale to those who lost their homes in the fire.
“We always try to give back to the community,” said Lauren Asberry, an employee at Wicked Lemon.
The celebration also hosted a donation bin where people dropped off clothes and groceries for people impacted.