Read it now and be dazzled later but the fireworks season is upon us.
While Madison's Coal Festival got the fireworks-blasting party started Saturday to welcome in summer, there's a full sky-lighting train of cool Fourth of July events loaded up and ready for blast off right behind it.
Here's a look at just a few of the music and fun-filled fireworks shows happening around the region.
Hurricane 4th of July Celebration
Hurricane's annual 4th of July celebration starts with a parade on Main Street at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.
After the parade, head over to Hurricane City Park for music, contests, giveaways, food and more from 5 until 10 p.m. The evening will be capped with a big fireworks display.
The town of Buffalo, West Virginia, is hosting a Fourth of July Celebration on Thursday, July 4. Fireworks are at 10 p.m. The day begins with a 5K walk/run starting at town hall. Call 304-937-2714. There will also be a 1 p.m. parade, live music that runs from 2 to 10 p.m., as well as food and craft booths. Call 304-545-2023 for more information.
The lineup is set for Huntington's annual "Dawg Dazzle" concert, set for July 3 at Harris Riverfront Park.
Kindred Communications organizes the annual event which features a free evening of country music followed by one of the largest fireworks displays in the region.
The headliner this year is Dylan Scott, preceded by the all-girl group Southern Halo and local group Kala DeHart and Rivertown. The evening will wrap up with a fireworks displayed, sponsored by Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Free tickets are now available for pickup at Kindred Communications as well as many other area locations including Dutch Miller, McDonald's, Food Fair, GoMart, Little Caesars and The Herald-Dispatch. Last year, a record crowd of over 19,000 filled the park for Dawg Dazzle.
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/937TheDawg/ for more info.
Gallipolis River Recreation Fest fireworks with John Schneider
It's the 40th anniversary of the hit CBS TV show, "The Dukes of Hazzard," and as if on cue, "The General Lee," and one of the show's stars, John Schneider come roaring into the region.
Big Buck Country 101.5, Mark Porter Auto Group and The Gallipolis River Recreation Festival, presents the 2019 Big Buck 101.5/Mark Porter Auto Summer Jamboree at 7 p.m. Thursday July 4 John Schneider, on the Ohio Valley Bank stage.
Locally-based and nationally-traveling country and western troubadour Rob McNurlin and His Beatnik Cowboys open this free show.
There will also be a meet and greet/autograph session with John Schneider, who had a bunch of 1980s country hits including chart-toppers "What's a Memory Like You (Doing In A Love Like This)" and "You're The Last Thing I Needed Tonight." Last year, Schneider "Odyssey," a new album that he released by dropping a new single online each week. The recent "Dancing with the Stars" contestant also released a new acoustic collection titled "John Schneider's Greatest Hits," in December.
Fireworks will close out the night at 10 p.m. The Big Buck 101.5/Mark Porter Auto Group Summer Jamboree is presented by the Thomas Do It Center, McDonald's in Gallipolis, Rio Grande & Point Pleasant, Valley Stone Yard & Maritime Center, Farmers Bank, Comfort Courier, LLC, Ohio Valley Bank, Gallia County Chamber of Commerce and welcomed by Courtside Bar and Grille, Lykins Energy Solutions, Dave's Supreme Auto and Dailey Tire.
Ashland's largest seasonal fest Summer Motion runs Saturday, June 29 through July 4.
Enjoy a carnival and festival at Central Park Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30, before the festivities move to the Ashland River Port.
The fireworks will take place at 10:15 p.m. Thursday, July 4 after an evening of patriotic and country music. At 7 p.m. Devil Hale and the Bonner-Watts Band will be opening up, at 8 p.m., there is a patriotic program and then at 9 p.m. headliner, Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap, who chalked up six Grammys and 35 No. 1 country hits second only to George Strait and Conway Twitty.
The other free concerts at the Ashland Riverfront are: Tuesday, July 2, (contemporary Christian) with Render The Hearts at 7:30 p.m. and Francesca Battistelli at 9 p.m. On Wednesday, July 3, rock out with Laid Back Country Picker at 7:30 p.m., opening for The Guess Who at 9 p.m.
Go online at www.summermotion.com for a complete schedule.
Rivers Edge Campground fire on the fiddle and in the sky
Head over to Ashton, West Virgina, (between Huntington and Point Pleasant) along WV 2, where Rivers Edge Campground on the banks of the Ohio River is having a Independence Day Celebration with the Bing Brothers Band on Saturday, July 6.
Join West Virginia's top shelf old-time band, Bing Brothers Band & Jake Krack at the Rivers Edge Campground.
There will be events all day, including performances by The Bing Brothers Band, and Todd Thornburg. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display. The event is free to the public, but donations will be accepted at the gate.
For more information, visit the Rivers Edge Campground Website at http://www.riversedgecampwv.com/ or call 304-576-3005.
Barboursville to host annual 4th of July Block Party
At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 4, the Village of Barboursville will be having its Block Party.
As part of their 4th of July Block Party, the Yester Year Oldies Show will start at 7 p.m. at the gazebo in the Nancy Cartmill Gardens in front of the Veterans' Home. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, as they some favorite musical memories from 'back in the day.' Stick around after the show and watch Barboursville's spectacular fireworks display. The concert and the fireworks are free to the public, sponsored by the Village of Barboursville.
Fly In Cafe fireworks
The Fly In Cafe, at the Robert Newlon Airpark, 6090 Kyle Lane, Huntington, will host its annual Fourth of July Party combining the intimacy of back yard fireworks with the wow factor of a professional show.
It kicks off at 6 p.m. with an outdoor cook-out at the restaurant. At 7 p.m., enjoy live music by the Revenant Souls on the Outdoor Fly In Festival stage. At 8:30 p.m., there will be a WV Skydivers Association Demonstration complete with an American Flag jump. At 9:15 p.m. there's Fireworks pre game, sparklers and other novelty items will be available to adults with children present at the event. Then at dark, about 9:30 p.m., the main fireworks begin. Show typically lasts 20 minutes or more. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/flyincafe for more info.
Snowshoe Mountain is hosting its Homegrown Festival Thursday through Sunday, July 4-7 where you can come support musicians and artisans from around the region. Also set up are some hilarious games, and celebrate Independence Day with a spectacular mountaintop fireworks show on Saturday night.
The Mountaintop fireworks show is at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6 (for the best view head to Skidder slope).
Musical guests on Saturday are Matt Mullins and the Bringdowns, 18 Strings and Carson Peters.
Other musical acts include Thursday, July 4, Shane Meade, Cody Clayton Eagle, Daniel Lilly and The Lilly Mountaineers and The Kind Thieves. On Friday, July 5, it is Ryan Krofcheck (of Fletcher's Grove), Morgan Wade and The Judy Chops.
On Sunday, July 7, the event will feature the Snowshoe Annual Homegrown Village games with Bubble Gum Blowing, Seed Spitting, and Ice Cream Eating Competitions and at 9:15 p.m. there will be a movie in the village, "Christopher Robin."
Go online at www.snowshoemtn.com for more info.
Summer Independence Day fest in Lincoln County
Lincoln County Fairs and Festivals puts on the Summer Fest at Lincoln County Memorial Fairgrounds, WV 3 and Trace Creek Road in Hamlin, West Virginia. The fest runs Thursday through Saturday, July 4-6. Admission is $10 for those 12 and up, $5 for those 6 to 11 and free those five and under.
Fireworks are set for Friday, July 5. They will follow the Demolition Derby. Gates open at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4, noon on Friday, July 5, and 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 6.
Daily there will be the Lewis and Clark Circus, horse and pony rides, a greased pig chase, concessions, arts and crafts and barn animals.
Special events include lumber jack shows at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, a demolition derby on Friday (registration is at 4 p.m. or call Rodney 304-544-3493), and on Saturday at 7 p.m. mud truck runs.
For more info, go online at lcfairsandfestivals.com or call 304-549-7301.
Freedom celebration at Christ Temple
At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, head over to Christ Temple Church, 2400 Johnstown Road, Huntington, as they are hosting a Freedom Celebration with special speakers, inflatables, musical guests, and fireworks. The family friendly event is free and open to the public.
RMA Presents and Thomas DoIt Center have teamed up for the 5th annual Peckfest July 4-6 at the Kanawha River Campground in Point Pleasant (Mason Co). Friday, July 5 includes headliners Bret Michaels featuring Buckcherry while Saturday's headliner is Hank Williams Jr. followed by a fireworks display.
There will be local artists performing throughout the day, food and sales vendors, an escape room, and various other activities. The festivities begin at noon each day and attendees are encouraged to bring your own chair.
In addition to general admission, there will be a pit sectioned off directly in front of the stage.
A pit pass ticket is required to enter the pit area. General admission tickets start at $55. Limited camping is available and sponsoring hotels can be found at Peckfest.com
Peckfest was created in 2015 by Point Pleasant, native Garry Peck, who wanted to create an outdoor music festival unlike anything else in the area. With the help of family, friends and generous sponsors, Peckfest continues to grow each year.
For more information about Peckfest visit peckfest.com, call 855-675-PECK.
Stonewall Resort hosting two fireworks displays
Stonewall Resort will be featuring a full week (June 28-July 7) of activities and events, to include two firework displays over the lake on Sunday, June 30 and Sunday, July 7, as well as the Big Timber Brewing "Axtravaganza" on Saturday, July 6, Stonewall Resort's Fourth of July Week Celebration offers a fun and relaxing getaway for the whole family, whether staying overnight or just visiting for the day.
Firework shows will start at approximately 9:45 p.m. on both Sunday, June 30 and Sunday, July 7, and guest are encouraged to arrive early. There is a $10 per vehicle charge to enter the park.
To view a full calendar of activities, visit: https://www.stonewallresort.com/fourth_of_july/.. For additional information and to make reservations, contact the resort at (304) 269-7400 or visit the website at www.StonewallResort.com.
Greenup County fireworks by kayak
Head up to Dragonfly Outdoor Adventures in Greenup, Kentucky, on Friday, July 5, as they are leading doing
Dragonfly's Annual Fireworks Paddle out to see the fireworks on the Ohio River at the Greenup City Park.
If bringing your kayak, drop off your boat at Dragonfly, then park your vehicle at the Greenup County Boat dock and be shuttled back.
Meet other area kayakers and make it an Independence Day to remember.
The cost is $10/person. Remember to bring a PFD (life jacket) and a white light for the boat (these are mandatory), a change of clothes to have in your car. Shuttle service starts at 7 p.m. and the last shuttle leaves the boat dock at 7:45 p.m.
Need a kayak for this event? The cost is $25/person includes kayak, PFD, paddle, light, glow bracelets, and shuttle.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Rain or shine so dress for the weather. Please park your car at the Greenup County Boat Dock and take the shuttle to Dragonfly Outdoor Adventures. The last shuttle departs at 7:45 p.m. Camping is also available at Dragonfly.
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/DRAGONFLYOUTDOORADVENTURES/ for more info.