Alderson will celebrate Independence Day from Friday through July 5 this year. Highlights include an Esquires concert from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, a gospel concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, a fireman's rodeo at 7 p.m. Friday, and two fireworks displays (10 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday).
Other music comes from Nashville Departure (country, rock, Southern rock) at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Stonestreet Band (Top 40 from the '70s to today) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A talent contest takes place during Tuesday's concert.
Other activities include a parade Wednesday, an ice cream social Saturday, dances Monday and Tuesday evenings, a car show Wednesday, a kids' fishing derby on Friday and inflatables daily. Contests include a 5K run and bike race Saturday, whitewater canoe races and a horseshoe tournament Sunday, a cornhole tournament Monday, hotdog eating and tug-of-war contests Wednesday.
Admission to most events is free. The gospel concert is $5. Visit www.alderson4th.com.
On Wednesday, Blennerhassett Island's Ringing of the Bell will happen at 2 p.m. to honor the sacrifices made by men and women for our freedom. The bell rings 13 times to signify the 13 American colonies.
The island has mansion tours with costumed guides, horse-drawn carriage rides, bicycle rentals and more. Tickets for the ferry over are purchased at the Blennerhassett Museum in Parkersburg. The ferry departs on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children. Mansion tours are $4 for adults and $2 for children. Carriage rides are $5.
Before that, on Sunday, there's a Sundae Cruise at 6:30 p.m. It's a three-hour tour that includes a brief stop at the island for ice cream. Tickets are $12 and reservations are required.
Call 304-420-4800 or visit www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com.
The Lincoln County Fourth of July Celebration runs Wednesday through July 7 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds near Hamlin. Events include a car "Cruze In" at 5 p.m. Wednesday, a demolition derby at 7 p.m. July 5, truck and tractor pulls at 7:30 p.m. July 6, a truck mud run at noon Saturday and fireworks at 10 p.m. Saturday.
There's gospel music at 6 p.m. Wednesday with Road Less Traveled, Change of Heart and Gospel Tide and bluegrass music with Weekend Grass and Jim & Valerie Gabehart at 7 p.m. Saturday. Also performing are the Pour House Crew at 8 p.m. July 5 and the LC Band at 7:30 p.m. July 6.
Carnival passes are $15 from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through July 7 and $18 from 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and July 7 and 6 to 11 p.m. July 5-6. Admission to the demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls and mud run is $8; for information on how to participate in those events, call Jack at 304-549-7301.
The annual Gassaway Days celebration runs July 5-7 at Kenton Meadows Field. There's plenty of live music, including headlining concerts by Wood County country/Southern rock outfit South of the River July 5-6 and Clarksburg rockabilly quartet Ryan Cain and the Ables July 7. There are also carnival rides, a car show, parade, kids' games and races, a tractor and lawn mower pull and fireworks.
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