FAIRMONT — Several communities will be hosting free Fourth of July celebrations throughout the county this holiday Tuesday.
Fairview will kick off festivities early in the morning with the Ray Hedrick 5K Fun Run beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Afterward, the grand parade will begin at 10 a.m. with a large lineup consisting of the Fairview Community Band, Fairview Police and town council, Fairview Volunteer Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police, surrounding areas’ volunteer fire departments, Marion County Rescue Squad, previous winners of the Miss Pumpkin Festival pageant, Resolute Forest Products, and several community members driving through the town in their antique cars, as well as many other notable guests.
Also in the lineup will be Congressman David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Marion County Assessor Mark Trach. The grand parade marshal will be Melvyn Coleman Jr.
According to information provided by Wendy Dillon, “Due to large crowds and traffic congestion, parade officials suggest that all participants be at the Basnettsville intersection by 8:30 a.m. Upon arrival, entries will be directed to the number that has been reserved for them.”
Following the parade, multiple activities will be held at the Fairview Town Park. Attendees can enjoy performances by the Fairview Community Band Brass Quintet, It’s All Relative, the Marshall Lowry Band, Dan Kessinger & Friends and the Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts Music Preparatory Department.
A flag presentation by Mark Jones, magician Steve Halberman, cake walk, games and acoustic jam session will be other options for entertainment throughout the afternoon and into the evening, where fireworks will be on display to end the celebration.
Several local organizations and vendors will be selling concessions throughout the day, as well.
Palatine Park in Fairmont also has a variety of activities and entertainment performances scheduled to celebrate Independence Day.
Festivities begin at noon with vendors and activities set up for attendees.
The Shinnston Community Band take stage at 12:30 p.m. Beginning at 2 p.m., the Fairmont Fire Department will participate in the fireman challenge, where they compete with fire hoses.
Mckinley will recognize the Marion County Commission for excellence in design of Palatine Park at 2:30 p.m.
Beginning at 3:30 p.m., the First Responders Parade wil honor those who continue to help keep Marion County safe daily.
To honor those individuals, a First Responders awards ceremony will be held following the parade at 5 p.m.
From 6-8 p.m., the Morgantown Jazz Ensemble and country band Buckshot will perform for attendees.
Fireworks will light up the sky at 10 p.m.
Pricketts Fort State Park will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will offer a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Throughout the day, attendees can enjoy the music of the patriotic file and drum tunes heard by our colonial forefathers.
The state park will also offer half-price admission for all U.S. veterans and active military.
In the northern portion of the county, Mannington will host holiday festivities at Hough Park.
The opening ceremony and activities will begin at 5 p.m. and will offer food, games, vendors and local entertainment.
The 501 Band from Morgantown will perform from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The evening will end with a display of fireworks. Wish lanterns will also be available.
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