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July 3, 2014

Downtown bash ending with a bang

Corbin’s Independence Day Block Party ready to go Thursday

CORBIN — Imagine the perfect setting for a wonderful way to celebrate our nation’s 238th birthday.

Picture a pleasant but not humid day with friends and family, listening to music and enjoying a bite to eat while the children are entertained with fun and games. When the sun sets, everyone gathers ‘round downtown to watch a fine, fantastic fireworks display in the sky as night falls.

That’s the portrait that will be painted Thursday in downtown Corbin for the Independence Day Block Party, which gets underway at 5 p.m. in Nibroc Park.

Sponsored by the Downtown Corbin organization and the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission, the party features two live bands, along with plenty of food and craft vendors, inflatables for the kids, and at 9 p.m. — for the first time in three years — a fireworks display shot from Campbell Field, Corbin High School’s football stadium.

Block party organizers are asking people who want to see the fireworks to avoid going to Campbell Field, and instead come downtown, which they say is the best place to see the display.

“The fireworks will be shot from the Corbin High School football field, but you won’t be able to go to the field because the streets around it will be blocked off. The best place to see the fireworks will be in downtown Corbin,” Downtown Corbin Director Andy Salmons said.

For a welcomed change, the weather is finally cooperating.

According to the National Weather Service office in Jackson, the Corbin forecast Thursday calls for mostly sunny skies, cooler and less humid with highs in the upper 70s.

For Thursday night, they will shoot the fireworks off with mostly clear skies and a 9 p.m. temperature of 70 degrees.

And, unlike previous days the last few weeks, the overnight low into Friday morning is forecast to be around 56 degrees.

That’s a forecast with a big bang to it.

Last year’s block party — as well as the fireworks — was postponed due to heavy rain and thunderstorms. Two years ago, the annual fireworks display that was to be shot off on the hill at the Corbin Arena was canceled due to drought conditions and a burn ban.

Salmons hopes the third time’s a charm.

“I think we’re good to go. Our opening act, The Meadowlarks, start things off at 5 p.m. We’ll have The 23 String Band performing as our headline act at 7 p.m., and at 9 p.m. the fireworks show will begin. The weather’s supposed to be good Thursday night with no rain, and it looks to be a great time for the Independence Day Block Party. Should be a good day and a great night,” he said.

Thursday’s headline band is no stranger to Corbin. In fact, they played last year during one of the Moonbow Nights celebrations at Nibroc Park.

Based in Louisville, The 23 String Band is made up of guitarist Chris Shouse, banjo player Curtis Wilson, mandolin player David Howard, fiddler Scott Moore and bassist T. Martin Stam. Their music is American Roots, old time, acoustic and Bluegrass-influenced. Prior to being here Thursday, they recently performed at the annual Festival of the Bluegrass at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and at the ROMP festival in Owensboro.

More information on Thursday’s Independence Day Block Party, along with other Downtown Corbin events, can be found at Downtown Corbin’s Facebook page.

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