July 4 closings and changes

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the following closings and changes have been announced:

• Winston-Salem city offices and Forsyth County offices will be closed Wednesday.

• All state offices will be closed Wednesday.

• All federal offices will be closed Wednesday.

• Garbage collections, today will be on a normal schedule. Wednesday and Thursday collections will be postponed one day. Friday collections will be made July 9.

• Recycling collections, today will be on a normal schedule. Wednesday through Friday collections will be postponed one day.

• Yard-waste carts, today will be on a normal schedule. Wednesday through Friday collections will be postponed one day.

Independence Day activities

• Community Breakfast, 7-11 a.m. Wednesday at Brookstown United Methodist Church, 6274 Yadkinville Road, Pfafftown. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call 336-945-3029

• Home Moravian Church, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday will have a commemorative service on Salem Square in Old Salem. It will include historical remarks and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. A Moravian band prelude will begin at 8 a.m.

• Independence Day Celebration and Bike Parade: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday at Kaleideum Downtown, 390 S. Liberty St. The parade starts at 1:30 pm. Included with museum admission and free for Kaleideum members. For more information, call 336-723-9111 or go to www.kaleideum.org.

• Clemmons West parade, 9 a.m. Wednesday, the parade starts at Middlebrook Drive and Bickerstaff Road.

• Old Salem Museums & Gardens will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Activities are included with the purchase of All-In-One tickets, which are $27 for adults and $13 for students ages 4-18. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Road.

• Old Salem Museums & Gardens will have its annual Naturalization Ceremony conducted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services staff at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Gray Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Road. Fifty people are scheduled to participate in the ceremony. The speaker will be speaker will Anton Moussaev, who was born in Togliatti, Russia and came to the U.S. in 2006. He is a real estate agent with Leonard Ryden Burr Real Estate.

• "Lord, Heal Our Land" program, 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at Courthouse Square in downtown Yadkinville. The Rev. Mark Creech, the executive director of the N.C. Christian Action League, and the Rev. Ron Baity, president of Return America will be keynote speakers. Yadkin County Sheriff Ricky Oliver and Yadkinville Chief of Police Tim Parks will also be speaking. The Nunn Sisters, a local singing group, will perform.

• Independence Day Celebration and Picnic, 5 p.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem United Methodist Church picnic shelter, 321 Redland Road, Advance. Those wishing to attend should bring a covered dish and dessert or homemade ice cream. Paper products, utensils, soft drinks, and water will be provided. For more information, call 336-712-9946.

• Fourth of July Extravaganza, 6:30 p.m. BB&T Ballpark, 951 Ballpark Way. Down East Wood Ducks will play the Winston-Salem Dash. For more information, go to www.wsdash.com or call 336-714-2287.

• Stars and Stripes Concert: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Salem Band will perform patriotic music at Salem Square in Old Salem. For more information, go to www.salemband.org.

Compiled by Melissa Hall

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