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Black Diamond Experience, Fireworks To Highlight Charleston's Fourth Of July Celebration

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 2, 2014 11:01 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 2, 2014 11:06 AM EDT
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

The Fourth of July celebration in Charleston on Friday should be quite the experience, make that the Black Diamond Experience.

Not only will the region’s largest fireworks display be lighting up the sky over Haddad Riverfront Park, Charleston’s own Theron Denson, also known as the Black Diamond, will lead a large band in a Neil Diamond tribute show.

The action begins with the Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee concert from the Schoenbaum Stage at 6:30 p.m. and concludes with an expanded fireworks show by Pyrotechnico starting at 9:30 p.m., according to a news release from the city of Charleston.

Live on the Levee will open at 6:30 p.m. with Stonestreet, a band based in Charleston. The evening’s headlining act will be the Black Diamond Experience.

Denson, now based in Nashville, said he is planning a special show as a homecoming of sorts for Independence Day.

“Singing is like breathing to me, and I love doing both,” he said. “Being in Charleston, W.Va., and having the chance to sing for so many family, friends and fans is like a dream come true.”

City officials said in addition to the music, the celebration will feature the region’s largest fireworks show, which will be even bigger than originally planned because of an essay contest won by the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Jama Jarrett.

Because of Jarrett’s efforts, Destination America and Suddenlink are supplementing Charleston’s fireworks show. The fireworks by Pyrotechnico will include two launch sites, one right across the Kanawha River from Haddad Park and another from MacCorkle Avenue east of the South Side Bridge.

“While we already had planned a great evening, the sponsorship from Destination American and Suddenlink mean that we will have so much more bang for our buck, in this case quite literally,” Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said. “Charleston continues to be a vibrant place with so many special activities, and with all that is happening Friday night, this city will be a great place to celebrate the holiday and our nation’s freedom.”

Because the West Virginia Power game on July 3 will also include a fireworks show by Pyrotechnico, Charleston will be one of the few cities in this part of the country where residents and visitors can enjoy two back-to-back shows to open and close the holiday celebration.



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