Packed with music, choreography and elaborate moving sets, parades might as well be mobile theatrical productions. Now we just have to hope a misdirected twirling baton starts a fight with a drummer who’s already involved in a love triangle…then we’ll have a show!

Seriously though, there are several fun ways to celebrate our nation’s independence this week. The FunFourth Festival in Greensboro is a great start. Celebrating its 40 th birthday this year, the festival will continue this week with a block party on Thursday, from 7-11 p.m.

On the big day, Friday, there’ll be a parade and street festival, from 9:30-6:30, beginning at the intersection of Greene and Bellemeade streets and continuing to Eugene Street, followed by a concert and fireworks at the Greensboro Coliseum White Oak Amphitheatre. Admission and parking is free.

Old Salem is celebrating the occasion with a day of patriotic music, games, demos, hands-on activities and a jazz concert at the St. Philips Heritage Center at 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. A special theatrical production includes a reenactment of the original Fourth of July celebration in 1783 at 4:15 p.m. in Salem Square. An all-in-one ticket is required.

The Winston-Salem Community Band is presenting a Patriotic Concert Sunday at the Miller Park Amphitheater.

Kernersville will host a parade down Mountain Street beginning at 9 a.m. Friday and continuing with a free concert at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. on the Kernersville Elementary football field.

Theatre Alliance in Winston-Salem continues to present Grease through Sunday. Also of special note about the theater is its new donation process. Through August 31, the theater is running a fundraiser in which patrons’ donations are actually votes for shows to be included in the upcoming season. Donate and vote on a show via

Coming soon, next week No Rules Theatre Company will be at the Hanesbrands Theatre with Boeing Boeing, a comedy about a playboy who’s juggling three fiancées.

Beginning on July 15, Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret is hosting WUNC 91.5’s The State of Things, a live program hosted by Frank Stasio. !