Ripley Mayor Carolyn Rader filled in the Ripley Rotary Club on this year’s schedule of events for the July 4 Celebration set for June 27 through July 4.
Rader was the guest speaker during a noon meeting of the Rotary Club Wednesday at Cedar Lakes. She said the event is the largest small town Independence Day celebration.
“It doesn’t cost you one red penny to attend anything,” she said.
The celebration wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community, Rader said.
“We have a lot of people who help,” she said.
Rader noted the event takes a great deal of capital. For starters, the fireworks cost $10,000, with an additional $10,000 for the stage, lighting and sound. The portable restrooms cost $4,000, she said.
“It takes a lot of money to make it happen,” Rader said.
The celebration kicks off Wednesday, June 27, with the Unity in the Community Event, which will feature a bike parade and a praise service at 6 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. On Thursday June 28, the Kanawha Kordsmen Barbershop Chorus will perform at 8 p.m. in the courthouse square gazebo.
The Charleston Metro Bands will perform marches, Broadway tunes and movie hits at 8 p.m. Friday, June 29, at courthouse square.
Things kick into gear on Saturday, June 30, when Trans Canada presents Nashville duo Dave and Daphne at 6 p.m. on the I-77 Auto Group Stage on the courthouse lawn. Award-winning comedian Jacob Hall will follow and Rick K and the Allnighters will take the crowd through a rock ‘n’ roll musical journey in the Saturday night finale.
On Sunday June 1, several area churches will team up for the annual U-Turn concert of Christian rock music from 6-10 p.m. This year’s headline act is Zach Williams, winner of the 2018 Best Contemporary Christian Music Album Grammy for his album “Chain Breaker.”
On Monday, July 2, Constellium presents Jordan Ford at 6 p.m., followed by Phil Dirt and the Dozers, a festival favorite across the region for decades. The Dozers take the stage at 7 p.m. and return later in the evening as Surf’s Up, a tribute to summertime legend The Beach Boys. In between shows, enjoy the comedy of national storytelling champion Bil Lepp.
On Tuesday, July 3, George Washington, portrayed by Dale Fellows, will be featured in a free 6 p.m. presentation at the Alpine Theatre. Ripley High’s Class Act, a get-together for alumni and friends, will be conducted at 7 p.m. on the courthouse lawn.
From July 3-7 in the municipal parking lot, Gambill Amusements will feature midway attractions and rides for all ages. The carnival is sponsored by the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department.
Cavalry United Methodist Church will host the 16th Annual Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. on July 4. At 9 a.m. on the courthouse lawn, people can meet their favorite super heroes during the Little Patriots Hour.
Opening ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. July 4 featuring the Appalachian Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, followed by the West Virginia Kids First performance at 11 a.m.
The Firecracker 2-Miler Race will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. starting at Calvary United Methodist Church.
The Grand Parade will be held at noon on July 4. The event is West Virginia’s oldest and largest parade, which begins at Ripley High School and proceeds to West Ripley.
The Rising Stars Concert is set to feature Corey Hager at 2 p.m. and Kurt and Kami at 3 p.m. on the I-77 Auto Group Stage. The Ferrell Family Presents: Ladies for Liberty at 4 p.m., a patriotic tribute to WWII’s Andrews Sisters.
Parrots of the Caribbean, a tribute to Jimmy Buffet, will be at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., Dwight Icenhower, Elvis tribute artist, will be back to wow the crowd again.
The fireworks display will be at 10 p.m.