Weekend Weather & Events Aim to Please
That's the Ripley Viking Marching Band Color Guard mugging with me at the Independence Weekend Parade. I estimate a 7 to 10K people lined downtown for this annual extravaganza!
The Holiday weekend is here and that means events galore as we celebrate our Nation’s 234th Birthday. A myriad of festivals will provide the “red hot” entertainment with pool parties, parades and picnics sure to turn into Yankee Doodle Dandies.
Here’s a look at the weather and the events which are planned.
Friday opens the Region I Youth Soccer Tourney with a “hat trick” of sunny days on tap thru July 4th. A warm Friday (80-85 degrees) will turn hot this weekend with temperatures heading for 90 by Sunday.
Of course, if you are standing on the soccer pitch sidelines without a sun block even Friday will feel hot as the July sun goes to work.
For visiting soccer players and fans, the fields are in great shape this year thanks to a great growing season with plenty of rain and sun, and now a nice dry spell before the opening kickoff.
Last year’s immature Barboursville pitches proved no match for the Sunday morning deluge.
While it is hard to promise a completely dry tournament thru Tuesday, it appears likely the weather is hot and dry into next week with downpours of significance holding off until second half of next week. Still, the Monday-Tuesday period looks hot and humid enough for a scattered afternoon cloudburst,
As for events, there is something for everyone.
In Ashland, Summer Motion features live entertainment with headliners like Otis Day (Yes, the same Otis from Animal House) sure to “shout” out a night of fun.
Sunday’s fireworks on the Ohio River and other events can be perused at this website.
In downtown Logan, Freedom fest runs thru Saturday and is a sort of homecoming for folks in the Coalfields. Friday night features a salute to Coal Miners with Saturday’s parade lineup at 4:30 on Middleburg Island. The rockets red glare fireworks concludes a busy 3 days of fun and fanfare. Here’s the link you need for all Freedom Fest activities.
In Gallipolis, the 45th annual River Recreation Festival has set up shop at beautiful City Park. The Saturday evening parade begins at 7 with fireworks on the River down the street from the French Art Colony to follow.
Across the mighty Ohio, the Point Pleasant Sternwheeler Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Our own Josh Fitzpatrick is the parade Grand Marshall Saturday morning at 11 sharp!
During my travels to flood ravaged Carter County in May, I met so many nice people who wanted me to help promote the one night Carter County Thunder Concert and Fireworks Celebration at the fairgrounds. Straight from Nashville, Andy Griggs headlines a night of free entertainment including fireworks. The event starts at 6 with the pyrotechnics slated for 10.
In Charleston, Live on the Levee on Friday is kind of the warm up for Sunday's concert and fireworks on the Schoenbaum stage. The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will add it's musical muster with a tribute to John Philip Sousa and John Williams. The fireworks will go off to the rousing acoustics of Tchaikokvsky's 1812 Overture!
If you are into patriotic music, then the Ceredo-Kenova alumni band will entertain you with a dazzling array of American Yankee Doodle favorites. Bring a lawn chair and stake your claim around the Gazebo at Town Square in Kenova. Take Route 60 west out of Huntington for about 5 miles and you will pass thru Ceredo then into Kenova. Town Square will be 2 blocks on your left off Route 60. The concert is free and trust me it will be crowded.
If you are into small town Independence day celebrations, Ripley WV is a popular hot spot every Independence Day. This year's parade starts at high noon (I will be in the First Warning Weather Van) followed by a day long extravaganza. Concerts, fireworks and plenty of Appalachian food will keep you happy!
Voted The “USA’s Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration”, Ripley 4th of July dates back to late 1800’s. Performers have included Dan Seals, B.J. Thomas, Atlanta Rhythm Section and Kathy Mattea. President G.W. Bush spoke at '02 Celebration
In Lincoln County, the parade starts at 10 AM but everyone goes to the Lions Club pancake breakfast (which runs 7 til 9) before the lineup. Then it is onto Lions field for a day long celebration.
If you are into outdoor plays, keep in mind most theatres are dark this Sunday. The exception is Ritter Park here in Huntington where H.O.T. debuted Annie on Friday night. The pre-show starts at 7 with Annie on stage starting at 8:30 on both Saturday and Sunday.
At Chief Logan State Park, Saturday night is the last night to catch "Always Patsy Cline". Finally at Jenny Wiley, Cinderella graces the stage starting at 8:15.