Big Show Expected for Charleston's 4th of July Celebration

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston's Fourth of July Celebration is expected to be bigger than ever before.

The celebration will kick off with "Live on the Levee" at Haddad Riverfront Park along the Kanawha Boulevard.

Stonestreet will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Then, the Black Diamond Experience, featuring Charleston native Theron Denson, will perform.

City leaders say Charleston will also feature the region's largest fireworks show, which will be even bigger than originally planned because of an essay contest won by the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau's Jama Jarrett.

According to a news release, because of her efforts, Destination America and Suddenlink are supplementing Charleston’s fireworks show.

The Fireworks by Pyrotechnico will include two launch sites, one right across the Kanawha River from Haddad Park and another from MacCorkle Avenue east of the South Side Bridge.

“While we already had planned a great evening, the sponsorship from Destination American and Suddenlink mean that we will have so much more bang for our buck, in this case quite literally,” said Charleston Mayor Danny Jones. “Charleston continues to be a vibrant place with so many special activities, and with all that is happening Friday night, this city will be a great place to celebrate the holiday and our nation’s freedom.”

The fireworks display is expected to begin at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

On, Thursday, July 3, there will be another fireworks display after the West Virginia Power game.

The city says Charleston will be one of the few cities in this part of the country where residents and visitors can enjoy two back-to-back shows to open and close the holiday celebration.

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