RIPLEY – Viewing the Grand Parade on the Fourth of July will be easier this year.

The Ripley Fourth of July Committee has made arrangements to improve transportation and seating for the Firecracker 2-Miler Race, noon parade and other events in the downtown area.

Little Kanawha Transit Authority is operating a free shuttle service from the parking lot of Waybright Funeral Home on South Church Street (Route 21) to downtown. Shuttle hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

In addition, bleachers for parade viewers again will be located at the corner of Main and Church streets next to the Ripley Post Office. Mayor Carolyn Rader says the temporary seating is available on a first come-first served basis.

“Our goal is to make it easier for folks to get downtown and to enjoy West Virginia’s largest Independence Day Parade,” she said. “Parade entries again will be announced on our downtown public address system.”

For a schedule of week-long celebration events, see Ripley4thofJuly.US.