EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSRegion Celebrates Independence Day
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Reported by: Rick Lord
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 4, 2013 4:19 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 4, 2013 11:30 PM EDT
Hurricane, Ripley , West Virginia
People around the region celebrated the Fourth of July Thursday.
Hurricane’s Independence Day activities included a parade and fireworks.
People lined up for miles to show their patriotism. Valley Park provided free events for the family all evening, ending with a fireworks display scheduled for 10 p.m.
And of course, this was not the only place where they donning the red, white and blue to ring in our nation's birthday.
Celebrations took place in many communities. In Ripley, it was an age old tradition that lives on as the nation's largest, small town Fourth of July celebration took place.
Always patriotic, this year's parade celebrated West Virginia's 150th birthday along with the nation's. The theme was evident in the "Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration." The Ripley Fourth of July Celebration dates back to the late 1800s.
It is the oldest parade and oldest Independence Day Celebration in West Virginia, and was something young and old parade watchers found some pride in.
The population of Ripley, both cars and people, explodes for the grand parade. There is also a carnival, free entertainment at the courthouse and fireworks.
The 2001 celebration saluted veterans and brought President George W. Bush to town. Abraham Lincoln, who was president when West Virginia became a state, showed up in a parade float theme.
And the celebrations were set to end with a bang, with Ripley's fireworks set to go off at 10:15 p.m.
In Hurricane, they were set for 10 p.m. from Valley Park.
Charleston held its celebration Wednesday, but people could still check out fireworks in the capitol city. Appalachian Power Park planned a fireworks show for after the baseball game Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Another round of fireworks is set to go off after Friday night's game.
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