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Kanawha Valley to host many July 4 celebrations

By Charles Young

Communities across the Kanawha Valley will offer residents a variety of ways to celebrate Independence Day this year.  

Charleston will have its celebrations a day early, on Wednesday.

The city will set off its annual show at 9:45 p.m. from two locations.

Smaller fireworks will launch from just below Haddad Riverfront Park, where Live on the Levee events are held. Larger fireworks will be set off from a site farther south on MacCorkle Avenue.

The fireworks will last 15 to 20 minutes.  

"For the holiday week, it'll be the largest fireworks display in the region," said Rod Blackstone, assistant to the mayor. "It'll be a nice way to kick off the long weekend."

Blackstone said a free concert from the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will begin at 8 p.m. at Haddad Park before the display.   

Pyrotecnico, a fireworks company based out of New Castle, Pa., that has handled Charleston's fireworks in the past, will set off the display.

During the fireworks, MacCorkle Avenue in the vicinity of the launch sites will be closed to traffic. Kanawha Boulevard between Capitol and Court streets will also be closed.

The West Virginia Power will also have a fireworks display on the actual holiday.

Following Thursday's game against the Lexington Legends, there will be a concert by the Davisson Brothers Band and fireworks sponsored AT&T and West Virginia Radio Corp.

Thursdays at Appalachian Power Park are also "Thirsty Thursdays," where fans can get 12 oz. draft beers for $1 and 16 oz. cans for $2.   

Tickets for the Power game are $5 for general admission seating and $7 for box seating. Gates open at 6:05 p.m., and the game begins at 7 p.m.

 Appalachian Power Park also has its recurring "Fireworks Friday" promotion, so fans will also have the opportunity to see another display Friday night.  

Other cities around the Kanawha Valley will also have their own Fourth of July celebrations.

St. Albans will host a "4th of July Extravaganza" at City Park Pool from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include food, music and prize giveaways. Admission is free.  

The city of Montgomery, located along the Kanawha River in both Fayette and Kanawha counties, will offer free admission to Montgomery City Pool all day on the Fourth.

From 7 to 10 p.m. a DJ will provide music on the Grassy Knoll, a park on Fayette Pike. Free ice cream will be available to attendees.

Following the music, members of the Montgomery Fire Department will set off the city's fireworks.

   Hurricane in Putnam County will have an Independence Day Parade starting at 4 p.m. Thursday on Main Street. There will be free activities and food vendors at Valley Park from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks are scheduled to begin at dusk.  

Buffalo in Putnam County will have a parade through town at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Live entertainment featuring bluegrass and gospel music, food booths and inflatables will be offered at Buffalo Memorial Park after the parade from 2 to 10 p.m.

The Buffalo fire department will set off fireworks at 10 p.m.   

Farther away, the Lincoln County July Fourth celebration will begin Wednesday with a carnival and arts and crafts display on the fairgrounds. Entertainment continues on Thursday and Friday, leading up to a fireworks display at 10 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 304-549-7301 or visit

Contact writer Charles Young at or 304-348-1796. 


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