PEEKING INTO THE PAST – The Spirit of 1976

Published 8:14 am Thursday, July 4, 2024

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On Sunday, July 4, 1976, countless communities around the United States celebrated the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As a part of the events held in Stanly County, the Board of Commissioners dressed in period costumes. Left to right in today’s picture are J.T. Ford, Herbert J. Lentz Sr., M.C. “Preacher” Morgan, Tony Lowder and Dr. W. Davis Fort. Churches held special themed services that morning. At 2 p.m., a special bell ringing marked the time of the signing of the Declaration. In Albemarle, the Crafts Festival happened in the afternoon. A special ribbon cutting and grand opening occurred at the new Snuggs House museum. A parade happened that evening, followed by a reenactment of the Revolutionary War Battle of Colson’s Mill at the football stadium on North Third Street. Oakboro had all-day events including a parade and a beauty contest with representatives from the county fire departments. There were also stunt events, a talent contest and a street dance. That night, several large fireworks displays were held around the county to close out the celebration. {Lewis Bramlett – Stanly County Historical Society}