Seven days of events make for one whale of a 4th of July celebration in Ripley, home to the America’s Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration annually.

Seven days of events make for one whale of a 4th of July celebration in Ripley, home to the America’s Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration annually.

Festivities began Wednesday night at 6 p.m. with the Unity in the Community rally on the Courthouse Square.

Thursday’s events include the grand opening of the Sen. Robert C. Byrd Exhibit from 4-6 p.m. at the I-77 Chevrolet Showroom; and the 10th anniversary showing at 7 p.m. at The Alpine of “Ripley: The Man & The Town That Honors His Name.”

Friday (June 30) will see the Wild & Wonderful Arts & Crafts Festival open at the Jackson County Fairgrounds at Cottageville (10 a.m.-7 p.m.), continuing Saturday (10 a.m.,-7 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.); Abe Lincoln (portrayed by John W. King) at the Alpine at 6:30 p.m.; and the Charleston Metro Band’s patriotic concert on the Courthouse lawn at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday (July 1), the Jackson County Antique & Flea Market will get underway at the Fairplain Livestock Market; and Rick K & The Allnighters will rock the Courthouse Square at 7 p.m.

On Sunday (July 2), the U-Turn Concert will be on the Courthouse Stage beginning at 5 p.m.

On Monday (July 3), Class Act—RpHS Reunion will fill the Courthouse lawn with Viking alumni and friends at 6 p.m.; and I-77 Speedway will host Monday Night Special Racing at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s 4th of July  festivities kick-off with the 15th Annual Pancake Breakfast at Calvary United Methodist Church from 7-10 a.m. Little Patriots Hour will follow on the Courthouse lawn from 9-10 a.m.

Opening ceremonies are set for 10 a.m. on the Courthouse Stage. The Firecracker 2-Miler will race through downtown Ripley beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Grand Parade is set for high noon. 

The Rising Stars Concert is set for 2 p.m. on the Courthouse Stage, featuring Kurt & Kami, Jordan Starcher, and WV Kids on First. Dave & Daphne will perform at 4 p.m., followed by Dwight Icenhower’s Elvis Tribute at 6 p.m. Tennessee River will play tribute to Alabama at 8 p.m., followed by a gala fireworks extravaganza to wrap up the daylong patriotism at 10 p.m.