Fourth of July Celebrations Planned in Ohio Valley Communities

From car shows to concerts, face painting to fireworks, the Ohio Valley is gearing up to celebrate the birth of this nation. The Fourth of July may fall on a Wednesday this year, but celebrations are planned today through July 8 at various venues. Pick your favorites or attend them all, but don’t say there’s nothing to do in the Ohio Valley. Here are some events to enjoy:

Sunday, July 1

The Wheeling Heritage Car Show will be held from noon to 4 p.m. today along the port on Water Street. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The event, sponsored by the City of Wheeling, is free for visitors.

Last year’s car show attracted more than 100 vehicles dating back decades.

At Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack, today’s events include a full racing card beginning at 1 p.m., face painting, caricaturist, corn bag toss, an outdoor grill, live entertainment by US Kids from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and fireworks show at dusk.

The Village of Bethlehem will host a children’s bike parade at 5 p.m. today. Line up starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Community Ballfield. Every child will receive an American flag. Fireworks will commence at dusk.

The Weirton Event Center will welcome the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra to perform a classical/patriotic concert starting at 7 p.m. today followed by fireworks.

Tuesday, July 3

On Tuesday, preview the Fourth of July at Oglebay Park with a full slate of activities, many centered around the Schenk Lake area. At the lake, there will be face painting and balloon art by Doozy the Clown as well as inflatable rides and a rock climbing wall. Enjoy some homemade ice cream sold lakeside or take a Segway tour of the beautiful park grounds. Also, starting at 6 p.m., Hit Play will entertain at the lake until a spectacular fireworks display lights up the sky over the lake at about 9:15 p.m.

At Wheeling Park, the Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays, Too concert will feature the band Pocket Change which will perform a variety of tunes and oldies at 7 p.m. at the park amphitheater. Admission is free.

Across the river, the Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce Skyshow will begin with gates opening at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Martins Ferry City Schools campus. There will be food trucks, musical entertainment by Matt VanFossen, inflatable rides by All Year Sports Galaxy, activities for the children, 50/50 raffle all topped off with a fantastic fireworks display by American Fireworks.

Wells Township will host a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the former Buckeye North Field in Brilliant, featured the sounds of U.S. Kids who will perform pop and rock. Fireworks will follow the concert at 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 4

A July Fourth holiday tradition will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m Wednesday as the Chester Lions Club Fourth of July Car Show will be held on Louella Avenue in Chester. Car, truck, motorcycles are welcome to enter. There will be awards, a DJ, raffles, door prizes and food.

In Wheeling, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will celebrate America with Wheeling native Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius, and Tim’s sister Mollie O’Brien with Rich Moore at the July Fourth celebration concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wheeling’s Heritage Port. At the conclusion of the concert there will be a spectacular fireworks display.

Wellsburg residents have a host of activities on tap for celebrating July Fourth. Starting with a flag-raising ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the First Ward Playground to kick off the Oil Can Debry set for 9 a.m. Wednesday on Fourth Street Hill.

Community games will take place at 1 p.m. at the Betty Carr Recreation Site, sponsored by: Wise Enterprises; a bike decorating contest will be held at 6 p.m. in the Town Square; a parade steps off at 7 p.m. on the south end of the Wellsburg on Charles Street and fireworks will cap the evening at dusk at the recreation sites.

At Belleview Park, 1020 Brady Ave., Steubenville, visitors can enjoy swimming from noon-5 p.m. with a free swim at 4 p.m. until closing. At the park, there will be food vendors from 5-9 p.m. and a Family Fun Free Zone with inflatable youth games; music by DJ – Gravity Music at Gazebo, finishing at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday with fireworks.

The Toronto Gazebo will be the site of a concert by the Tri-State Community Band and performer John Edwards from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

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