Two evenings of free concerts are planned during Ripley’s Independence Day celebration.

Entertainment at this year’s event is going to resemble a drive-in theater. The stage will be situated in the parking lot of the shopping plaza along Academy Drive.

The opening July 3 concert is a 6:30 p.m. show by U.S. Kids. Having performed music of the 80’s and 90’s for 25 years in the Cleveland-Pittsburgh region, the band has “seen it all, done it all, but not done yet.”

The American rock band’s message “embraces the freedom of every individual and the potential that lies within.” That is reflected in their CD “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Rock!”

Lead singer Johnny DiCarlo plays keyboard. Carlo Volhl plays guitar. Bobby Pizzoferrato sings vocals and plays bass. Drummer Tim Malone also sings vocals.

Rick K & The Allnighters will follow at 8 p.m.

The show band has made multiple appearances in Jackson County over the years and always brings a slew of dedicated fans.

This year’s road trip is a rock n’ roll review spanning the musical favorites from the 60’s, such as The Temptations, through today’s stars like Bruno Mars. In-between, you are sure to recognize tunes made famous by Bob Seger, K.C. & The Sunshine Band, The Four Tops, ZZ Top, Maroon 5 and Michael Buble.

With Rick K on lead vocals, the Allnighters are Steve Moore on drums, Paul Alan on bass, Jimmy Hindman on guitar and Bobby Menear on trumpet. Morgantown is listed as the band’s home base although they travel across America entertaining fans.

Three concerts are set on the Fourth of July following the noon Grand Parade. The lineup is comprised of Rimshot at 4 p.m., Ultra Sound at 6 p.m., and Adam D. Tucker’s Tim McGraw Vegas Tribute at 8 p.m. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.

This is the 150th anniversary of Ripley’s Independence celebration.