, Corbin, KY

July 2, 2012

Independence Day fun kicks off this weekend, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer

Aircraft rides, music, food, car shows, inflatable play things for kids, contests, games, face painting, a magician, picnics, a hotdog eating contest, boats on the lake, putt-putt, Liberty Bell ringing and at the end of all of that, fireworks on three nights.

The Independence Day celebration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Magee Field, the London-Corbin airport.

That’s followed at 7 p.m. by the 12th Annual London Community Band Patriotic Concert.

At College Park off KY 192 east of London the doors open at 3 p.m. Activities begin at 4 p.m. and the fireworks begin at dusk.

Next is in Corbin, Tuesday, July 3, a block party beginning at 4 p.m. in downtown and fireworks at the Corbin Technology Center at dusk.

At Williamsburg on Independence Day, there will be a parade, the ringing of a bell, and admission to the Kentucky Water Park.

At Barbourville City Park, the festivities will begin when the Water Park opens at 11 a.m.

Also on Wednesday, Holly Bay Marina on Laurel River Lake fireworks will be sent into the air.

Grove Marina boaters also meet at Holly Bay for the fireworks, said Holly Bay manager Randy Lawson.

Beginning Saturday:

• At Magee Field in London there will be an open house with airplane and helicopter rides, shows of military aircraft and vehicles on the field along with civilian aircraft, fire and rescue gear, inflatables for kids, food and music and a gigantic car show. It closes at 4 p.m.

• The London Community Band concert is free and begins at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in London.

The band will perform patriotic music including a “Salute to the Armed Forces,” “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and “American Salute.”

• At College Park London’s Red, White & Boom display begins at 4 p.m.

The activities will include entertainment from country band Cornbread Mafia, a religious group called Level Ground and beginning at 7:30 p.m. is “The Definitive Tribute to the Music of the Beach Boys” performed by former singers with the Beach Boys.

There are helicopter rides and a special attraction which will only be able to be seen on the College Park land.

And after the red and white, there will be Boom from the fireworks at dusk.

Independence Day continues on Tuesday:

• In downtown Corbin, a block party will run from 4 p.m. until about 9 p.m.

There will be food vendors, craft sellers, live music, inflatables and more.

 The festivities will wind down at about dusk when the fireworks will begin at the Corbin Technology Center on U.S. 25W.

Events Wednesday at Williamsburg, Barbourville and Holly Bay are:

• Williamsburg will begin at 11 a.m. at the July 4th Parade with the Liberty Bell ringing at 1:30 p.m. at the University of the Cumberlands.

That evening, free admission to the Kentucky Splash Water Park will begin at 7 p.m.

There will be a Picnic in the Park, corn toss, a duck race and a hotdog eating contest with fireworks at dark.

• Barbourville will open at the City Park at 11 a.m.

At the park will be food and concessions, putt-putt, paddle boats to ride, music by Silhouette and a car show with registration at noon.

Fireworks begin at dusk.

• And at Holly Bay Marina at dark, fireworks will be sent to the sky from boats in Laurel River Lake.