Fun on July 4th

A number of activities are planned in the Mid-Ohio Valley around the Fourth of July holiday.

Washington County

The Washington County Fairgrounds in Marietta will host a day of activities and a demolition derby on Friday at the fairgrounds in Marietta.

Gates open at 10 a.m. and admission is $6 a person. There will be a craft show from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., a magic show by Kerry Blair, inflatables, barrel rides, concessions, kids ID program, ATV drag races and an equipment rodeo. Live music will be presented by Insured Sound, New Silver Eagle Band and Jayden Bird. The demolition derby begins at 7 p.m. with fireworks at 10 p.m.

Marietta’s annual Independence Day Parade and Celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Friday in downtown Marietta.

The parade will start at Fourth and Butler streets. The parade route will follow Fourth Street, Putnam Street, Second Street, Butler Street and Front Street before ending at the Ohio National Guard Armory building in the 200 block of Front Street.

The Beverly Lions Club will sponsor its annual Antique Engine and Tractor Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Fort Frye High School in Beverly.

Antique engine and tractor clubs and individuals are welcome to participate. The Beverly Lions Club and other vendors will serve food during the show and the fireworks. There will be drawings and raffle tickets for prizes.

A flag raising will be held at noon with a tractor parade at 1 p.m. Food will be available all day, beginning with a pancake breakfast at the Beverly Fire Station from 8 a.m. to noon.

The annual community fireworks display in Beverly will be presented at Cadet Field at Fort Frye High School, sponsored by American Legion Post 389, at 10 p.m. Friday.

The Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Ice Cream Social on Friday in Little Hocking.

Following lineup at 3:30 p.m., the social will start at 4 p.m. with a parade at Little Hocking Elementary School. There will be live entertainment, food and children’s games during the social.

The 20th annual Red, White and Blues Fest will be Friday in the parking lot of The Lafayette Hotel at 101 Front St. in downtown Marietta.

Tickets are $10 each. There will be food concessions offered by the Lafayette Hotel with beer concessions by Budweiser and the Marietta Brewing Company. The gate opens at 6 p.m. and the music runs from 7 p.m. to midnight.

This year’s lineup will include Angela Perley and The Howlin’Moons from Columbus, the Noah Wortherspoon Band from Cincinnati and Patrick Sweany from Massillon. There will also be a fire show by The Burning Dawn from Marietta.

The event is organized by Marietta Main Street and Stonebridge Operating Co. LLC. Proceeds will benefit Marietta Main Street Inc. and the enhancement and beautification of downtown Marietta through its efforts.

The second annual Independence Day Kick-Off Party will be noon Friday in the American Legion Post 64 Ballroom in Marietta.

There is no admission and refreshments will be provided. The event will feature a reading of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and Amendments 11-26, with copies provided to all attendees.

Wood County

The annual American Legion Post 15 Carnival and fireworks show at Parkersburg City Park began June 27 and runs through Saturday with games, rides and concessions. The event is sponsored by American Legion Post 15 of Parkersburg.

The annual fireworks show will be at 10 p.m. Friday in City Park, with a rain date on Saturday if necessary.

The Point Park Music Series will feature “Tramps Like Us: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Point Park Amphitheater in downtown Parkersburg.

The concert is the second in the monthly Point Park Music Series. Other activities are also planned for that date in honor of the holiday.

In conjunction with the Point Park event, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is offering its Point Park Dinner Cruise on the Island Belle prior to the concert. The cruise will be 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at a cost of $25 for adults and $21 for children ages 3-12. Advance reservations are required by calling 304-420-4800. The cruise will finish in time for the concert at 8 p.m.

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will be open for the Independence Day holiday on Friday. Boats to the island will depart Point Park in downtown Parkersburg between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The cost of the boat ride is $10 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 to 12. The island features mansion tours, wagon rides, bike rentals, snack stand and a gift shop.

Boat tickets can be purchased at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History at Second and Juliana streets in downtown Parkersburg. For more information, call the park office at 304-420-4800 or visit the website at The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the holiday.

The Williamstown Lions Club will hold its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Friday in Tomlinson Park in Williamstown. The cost is $5 and includes pancakes, sausage and drink. The money raised from the event benefits Lions community projects.

The annual North Hills Fourth of July Parade will be 10 a.m. on Friday in North Hills.

Parade participants are asked to line up at the parking lot at the North Hills Swim and Raquet Club beginning at 9:30 a.m. The parade will start and end at the parking lot, where it will be followed by refreshments, games and activities. Prizes will be awarded for best floats and bicycles. Other activities will include inflatables, a balloon magician, face painting and live music.