June 11, 2021

One of the best parts of summer is Fourth of July fun, which is plentiful in our communities. In part two of our summer event series, we are highlighting area Independence Day celebrations. For other local summer events, check out part one of the series here.

In Gallipolis, Ohio, the River Recreation Festival returns after a year hiatus. Festival organizers are thrilled to celebrate the Fourth of July with a lineup of family events, including the annual Rotary Mile, a parade and live music. The parade will take place noon Saturday, July 3. Kids Day is set for July 3 as well. Of course, the fireworks will illuminate the sky that evening. For a full schedule and to register for the parade, visit www.gallipolisriverrec.com.

Jackson, Ohio, will host the 24th Freedom Festival 5K, set for Saturday, July 3. The race, which is a tradition in the community, runs through the residential and business sections of downtown Jackson. Registration is set for 8 a.m., with the race starting at 9 a.m.

Celebrations continue in Point Pleasant, W.Va., with Liberty Fest. The event, slated for Sunday, July 4, features a jam-packed schedule of patriotic family fun. Events begin at 4 p.m. with the parade set for 5:30 p.m. on Main St. Additional activities include live music, bounce houses and face painting for children. Fireworks, beginning at 10 p.m. at Riverfront Park, will cap off the festivities. For parade information and/or to sign-up, call the city building at 304-675-2360.

The Bend Area’s Independence Day activities also will take place Sunday, July 4, with a parade in New Haven, W.Va. The New Haven/Mason July 4th Parade will kick off at 11 a.m., with lineup beginning at the city building. For more information, call 304-882-3203.

Meigs County, Ohio, hosts a variety of Fourth of July fun with events set to be held in Racine, Rutland and Middleport. Along with parades and family activities, each village hosts their own fireworks display. For times and additional information, contact the villages’ administrative buildings.

Don’t see your community’s event? No worries. Many towns are currently ironing out their plans and will announce information at a later date. As we get closer to Independence Day, continue to check with your local chamber of commerce and/or tourism center for more Fourth of July fun in your area.

From all of us at OVB, have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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