HUNTINGTON — Citizens around the Tri-State celebrated the nation’s birthday with food, fun and fireworks both at family cookouts and community gatherings.
Before evening festivities began, some folks looked to beat the heat by enjoying the Independence Day holiday at Dreamland Pool in Kenova.
Cleveland Wilder, who works at Dreamland Pool, said while it was not one of their busier days, the pool was full of people enjoying a weekday off.
“People like to come out to have fun,” Wilder said.
Later in the evening, the Village of Barboursville threw a family-friendly shindig on Main Street and at the Nancy Cartmill Gardens. The Village’s annual Independence Day Block Party brings out Barboursville citizens and others from close by to enjoy music, food and fireworks.
Jessica Ferguson, 33, Sunni Adkins, 32 and Deklen Adkins, 6, of Huntington, said they traveled the short distance to Barboursville to check out the block party for the first time. Adkins said they attended Christ Temple Church’s Fourth of July celebration on Wednesday night and wanted something to do Thursday evening.
“We just wanted to try something new from what we’ve been doing,” Adkins said.
Adkins said they were drawn out early to the Block Party to catch the music. The YesterYear Rock & Roll Oldies Show, an eight-piece band made up of Tri-State musicians, performed renditions of favorites from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s and provided entertainment before the fireworks at the Block Party.
“We just love ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, even though we’re only 30,” Adkins said with a laugh.
Adkins and Ferguson both said food is one of their favorite parts of celebrating the Fourth of July.
Ferguson said the Block Party was her first time visiting the downtown part of Barboursville, and so far, it has made a good impression.
“I’ve never been to this part of Barboursville,” Ferguson said. “It’s nice. I like the community here.”
At the conclusion of the Block Party, fireworks were let off from the brickyard in Barboursville, and everyone at the Nancy Cartmill Gardens had prime seating.
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