4th of July activities planned

ELKINS — As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, local residents start to prepare for their family cookouts, reunions, and parties that show their love for this country.

Many communities are planning Independence Day festivities for visitors and locals.

Randolph County

On July 4, the Harman Volunteer Fire Department July 4th Celebration will take place in the town of Harman. This celebration will include the following: vendors, crafters, yard sale items, chicken barbecue dinner, car/tractor show, face painting, parade, bouncy house carnival, raffle tickets for guns, VFW monument ceremony, and fireworks. The craft vendors start at 9 a.m., the parade starts at 1:30 p.m., and the fireworks display will start at dark. (Rain date for fireworks will be July 6).

In Elkins, George H. Rodriguez will be the keynote speaker for the God and Country Rally at 12 p.m. July 4.

Also in Elkins on July 4, local musician Tim White will be performing at Beander’s and Nashville musicians Erica and Wes will be performing at Smoke on the Water. Both musicians will perform on July 4.

In downtown Elkins, Mountain State Street Machines Auto Extravaganza will host hundreds of antique cars, along with live music performances from 5-8 p.m. on July 5.

Featuring local music, Downtown Elkins First Friday’s Independence Day event will be from 5-7 p.m. on July 5.

On July 6, Davis & Elkins College will host an Independence Day celebration. This includes food, fireworks and favorites in music from yesterday and today. Bring your lawn chair and blanket to enjoy a free concert and fireworks. Santa Cruz Band takes to the stage at the D&E Outdoor Amphitheater at 8 p.m. Hailing from Charleston, the seven-piece high energy band plays a variety of hits from the Motown Era, 70s, 80s and today.

Fireworks will light up the sky at approximately 10 p.m.

The events are sponsored by the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber, Davis & Elkins College, Elkins Main Street, Randolph County Commission, the city of Elkins, Anytime Fitness, National Management Resources Corporation, Elkins-Randolph County Tourism and Mountain State Street Machines.

Ryan Cain and the Ables will perform live at the Rotary Amphitheater in the town square in Elkins on July 6.

Beverly will host contra dancing at the IOOF Lodge on July 6.

In Helvetia on July 6, the kickoff of First Saturday Square Dance will commence from 8-10 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.

On July 6, the fourth annual El Gran Fest in Elkins includes an evening musical concert from Darren and The Buttered Toast.

At the Stumble In Bar N Grill in Elkins, Erica and Wes will perform in the evening on July 6.

Starting on Sunday, July 7, the Augusta Heritage Center will host Cajun and Creole Week and Classic Country Week with performances all week long.

Barbour County

On July 5, a fireworks show will be offered at the Barbour County Fairgrounds. (Rain date for fireworks will be July 12).

Tucker County

Uncle Sam’s Birthday Party will be July 5 at the Bear Paw Lodge of Canaan Valley State Park Resort. This popular elimination style dinner will begin with social hour starting at 5:15 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets sell for $125 and entitle the bearer to a dinner for two and one chance on a door prize or 15 cash prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000. Those who are interested in purchasing a ticket, contact the Tucker Community Foundation office at 304-478-2930 or visit tuckerfoundation.net.

In Thomas, there will be a corn hole tournament at 6 p.m. on July 5. Sign up with Mountaineer Days Organization.

On July 6, the Purple Fiddle will offer free afternoon shows all day, ending with a headliner in the evening after the fireworks show.

The fireworks show will take place just after dark on Front Street in Thomas on July 6.

In Downtown Thomas, the Firemens Parade and Water Battle will begin on July 6 at 11 am. and will last throughout the whole day until the fireworks display.

On July 7, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will perform at Canaan Valley Resort State Park at the park’s ski area. The concert is free and will begin at 3 pm.


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