The Ripley Fourth of July Celebration kicks off today.
It all begins at 7 p.m. at the historic Alpine Theatre with a free showing of the “The Last Gallows: John Morgan’s Farewell.” Another free showing will take place at 2 p.m on Saturday, July 6.
Then, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, Victory Church is sponsoring an outstanding family event, “Unity In The Community,” which features many free games, music, and food. Everyone is invited for this positive gathering of fellowship and hope.
Also beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, the Constellium Cares Team will be sponsoring Ripley’s “Patriots On Wheels” bicycle parade. This event will be taking place on North Street. It’s free to enter and is sure to be a great and glorious time. Registration gets underway at 6 p.m. and the bicycle parade will follow one hour later.
The 17th annual Calvary United Methodist Men’s Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast will be held this year on Thursday, July 4 from 7-10 a.m. in the upstairs church fellowship hall. The “all you can eat” feed includes pancakes, sausage, fruit, juices, milk, and coffee. Calvary is located at 205 Court Street in Ripley.
Prices are as follows: 13 years and older - $7.00; Senior Citizens (age 50 and up) and children ages 6-12 - $6.00. Children ages 5 and under are free.
As a thank you to our members of the Armed Forces, all veterans and current military service men and women will have breakfast “on the house” as a gesture of appreciation from the Calvary United Methodist men.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Morley Q. Parsons Scholarship Fund for Higher Education.
The Fourth of July festivities begin with the Little Patriot Hour at the Gazebo on the Courthouse lawn. This event begins at 9 a.m. and features children’s games and prizes for grades K-5. Batman, Wonder Woman, and Captain America will all be on hand to greet the kids. The Batmobile will also be there.
The Opening Ceremonies for the Fourth Celebration take place at 10 a.m. on the I-77 Chevrolet Stage. The Firecracker Two Mile Race gets underway at 11:30 a.m. and runs through the heart of downtown Ripley immediately preceding the famous Sheetz Fourth of July Grand Parade.
The 2019 Sheetz Fourth of July Grand Parade will feature 230 entries and will begin at noon and cover one-and-a-half miles through beautiful downtown Ripley. The parade has been a 170 year old tradition.
Entertainment begins at 2 p.m. on the I-77 Chevrolet Stage with performances by West Virginia Kids First and the duo of Kurt and Kami.
Hogan’s Goat will take the stage at 4 p.m.. This popular Kanawha Valley band features a combination of southern and country-outlaw sounds and is known for entertaining crowds with everything from George Jones cover songs to their own original tunes.
Ripley is in for a treat at 6 p.m. on July 4 with a performance from Rockland Road. This wonderfully talented six member band, all sharing the last name Martin and representing four generations of musical heritage; play twenty-three instruments between them. Rockland Road is a powerhouse of soulful vocals blended with a pure, exuberant joy.
One of America’s most popular cross-over bands, Exile, is this year’s Fourth of July headliner. Originating in Kentucky in 1978, the band hit it big with “Kiss You All Over” in 1978. The group took a turn toward country music during the 1980’s and recorded ten number one singles.
Exile has appeared more than 100 times on the Grand Ole Opry and has had 11 number one songs spanning three decades. Known globally, the band has sold eight million records with three gold albums.
Exile takes the I-77 Chevrolet stage on the Courthouse Lawn at 8 p.m on July 4.
The Fireworks show takes place at 10 p.m. from atop Stone Ridge overlooking downtown and West Ripley.
The festivities continue at 6 p.m on Friday, July 5 with the Class Act, a reunion for Ripley High grads and friends. The event continues to grow and will again take place on the Courthouse lawn. Music will be provided by Back in the Day, a 5-member band hailing from Morgantown featuring the hit music of the 50’s and 60’s.
Constellium Night takes place on Saturday, July 6. It all begins that night with a free ice cream social on the Courthouse Lawn starting at 6 p.m. Later, at 7 p.m., comedian Bil Lepp, a 5-time winner of the West Virginia Liar’s Contest, will entertain with his humorous insights of everyday life. Lepp is an author of several children’s books and a regular guest of the National Storytelling Festival.
At 8 p.m., Sissonville native Adam D. Tucker brings his “Vegas McGraw Show” to Ripley. Tucker is performing on the I-77 Chevrolet Stage with his high-energy Tim McGraw tribute show with hits like “Live Like You Were Dying.” He will be joined by Nikki Adkins, who performs her own tribute to country music icon Faith Hill. Known for their classic top duet hits such as “It’s Your Love,” they are accompanied by a live band.
At 6 p.m on Sunday, July 7, the U-Turn Concert features the tremendously popular band Building 429. Admission is free.
The annual Gambill Amusement Carnival, benefiting the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department, will again be operating on the Municipal Parking Lot from 6 to 10 p.m. beginning Tuesday, July 2. The carnival will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3.
Carnival hours are 1 to 5 p.m. with an admission price of $18 and from 6 to 11 p.m. with an admission fee of $20 on July 4.
The carnival will be open from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 6 with a $20 admission fee.