Kids will be a focal point of several activities during the upcoming Fourth of July Celebration in Ripley. Young people are among the entertainers as well as those who are being entertained.

“It’s so important to include our young people during this wonderful celebration,” said Mayor Carolyn Rader. “We’re excited to have kids involved in ‘America’s Largest Small-Town Independence Celebration.”

First on the agenda is the 2nd annual “Patriots on Wheels” event, sponsored by Constellium. It includes a bike parade and bike decorating contest on Wednesday, July 3.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the bike parade begins at 7 p.m. along North Street, one block from the Jackson County Courthouse. Judging is in four age groups: 2-4; 5-7; 8-11; and 12 & up. Entry forms are available at the Ripley Municipal Building.

Unity in the Community is happening the same evening on the courthouse square with several activities for youth.

Little Patriots Hour returns on the morning of Thursday, July 4. Batman, Wonder Woman and friends will meet with kids at 9 a.m. at the courthouse square gazebo. There are giveaways and prizes at the event sponsored by the Ferrell family.

The Jackson County Children’s Chorus is entertaining at the 10 a.m. celebration opening ceremony and West Virginia Kids on First is performing at 2 p.m. after the Grand Parade.

Kids also enjoy the Gambill Amusements carnival on the Ripley Municipal Parking Lot. The Carnival is in town July 2-6.

For a complete schedule of activities, see