By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer
The Tri-County’s celebration of Independence Day begin Saturday in London and Whitley County and continue into next week.
In London, the Red, White and Boom is Saturday. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. at College Park with lots of games, inflatables and plenty of food vendors to choose from. Fireworks will begin at dusk, according to event coordinator Sharon Benge. Beach Boys tribute band Good Vibrations is back by popular demand and will begintheir show at 8 p.m. Somerset resident Jerry Wayne Dixon’s “Bones Bike” will be on display for the crowd from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost of the stage and the inflatable is being sponsored by the Laurel County Fiscal Court.
There will also be a patriotic concert performed by the London Community Band at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. It is the community band’s 13th patriotic concert. Over 70 instrumentalists from Laurel and surrounding areas will perform a variety of patriotic music including “The Stars and Stripes Forever”, “American Salute”, “Amazing Grace”, and more. There is no charge for the concert, which is expected to last about an hour.
Corbin’s festivities will be Wednesday, July 3. Events begin at 4 p.m. at Nibroc Park. Fireworks will be held at The Arena at dusk. There will be craft and food vendors as well as more live music during the evening leading up to the pyrotechnics show. There will also be a Block Party in downtown Corbin, which is sponsored by Main Street Corbin along with KD Country, who is hosting the Texaco Country Music Showdown competition in Nibroc park. The country music showdown will begin at 7 p.m. and should last about an hour, according to Corbin Main Street Manager Andy Salmons. Immediately after the showdown, Travis Wayne will be performing on the stage. Parking for watching the fireworks will be at Corbin Technology Center.
Barbourville will begin its celebrations on Thursday, July 4. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. at the City Park. Events will include Celebrate July 4th at the Barbourville City Park with all day activities and “spectacular” fireworks at dusk, according to Denise Wainscott of the Barbourville Tourism Department. The Water Park opens at 11 a.m. and after 4 p.m., the admission is $2 with swimming until 8 p.m. Local vendors will have refreshments available, including freshly squeezed lemonade. There will be music, dancing, and more featured throughout the day. Paddle boats will run until dusk. Putt-putt golf, fishing, and picnic facilities are also available.
The celebration will begin in Williamsburg on Thursday, July 4th at 1:30 p.m., with the Ringing of the Bells at University of the Cumberlands, which is sponsored by the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. The fun will continue with a picnic at the Kentucky Splash Water Park for $3, which will include hotdogs, chips and drinks. The Sid Strunk Corn Toss Tournament begins at 4 p.m., with registration at 3 p.m. There will be a $200 payout for this tournament. Cost to enter is $10 per person. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a hotdog eating contest under the pavilion at the park. The Duck Race begins at 8 p.m. There is a $500 grand prize for the Duck Race. Fireworks will start at dark. Tune into 104.3 EZ Country for patriotic music during the fireworks show.
Also, Goldbug Volunteer Fire Department will hold an early 4th of July Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport. Call 215-0201 for more information. Festival events will include Cornhole contests, face painting, pie throwing contests, and plenty of food including hotdogs and hamburgers. Cost is $5 to get through the gate. All funds go back to the Gold Bug Fire Department.