GALLIPOLIS — Following last year’s socially-distanced Independence Day where most folks celebrated at home, this year in Gallia County, residents are ready for the return of the Gallipolis River Recreation Festival and other community events observing the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.
First up, “River Rec” returns this Friday and Saturday to Gallipolis City Park with free musical entertainment, pageantry, family-friendly activities, fireworks and more.
River Rec’s entertainment will include nationally-known artists, including, local “The Voice” contestant Connor Christian, the Mikele Buck Band who’s namesake was a 2018 contestant on “The Voice” and headliner Confederate Railroad, all performing on the Saturday of the festival, with fireworks sponsored by Thomas Do It Center to close out the night on July 3. Also on Friday, July 2, the festival returns with its musical lineup of contemporary Christian music.
This year the pageants will headline the line-up for the first evening of the festival.
Other festival events include the Junior Women’s Club Talent Show, The Rotary Mile, the Baby Tots Sparkler Pageant and the annual parade with Connor Christian as the grand marshal. The parade will be held at noon, Saturday, July 3 in downtown Gallipolis.
Concessions, inflatables, kids games and a host of family-friendly activities will also offered. Admission is free.
Find updates on River Rec, which is organized by the Gallipolis Chamber of Commerce and its volunteers, at https://www.gallipolisriverrec.com/.
The River Rec schedule includes:
Friday, July 2
10 a.m., gospel music presented by Field of Hope;
Noon, opening ceremony;
12:30 p.m., contemporary Christian music presented by Field of Hope;
2-4 p.m., Talent Show presented by Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club;
4-5:30 p.m., Lil’ Miss and Mister Firecracker;
6-9 p.m., River Recreation Pageant.
Saturday, July 3
7:45 a.m., Baby Tot sign up in front of stage;
9 a.m., Baby Tot;
11:30 a.m., Rotary Mile race starts at Shake Shoppe on Second Ave.;
Noon, parade, downtown Gallipolis, theme is “Take Me to the River”;
2-6 p.m., Kids Day presented by Beau Sang State Farm in City Park;
7 p.m., performance by Connor Christian;
8 p.m., performance by Mikele Buck Band;
9 p.m., performance by Confederate Railroad;
10 p.m., Fireworks presented by Thomas Do It Center.
All River Rec performances and pageants take place on the Robin Fowler State Farm Stage.
Also in Gallia County over the holiday weekend:
The Centerville Fire Department will hold an ice cream social and fireworks, with activities beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 3.
Also on Saturday, July 3, the Gallia County Veterans Honor Guard is hosting a chicken barbecue with baked beans and coleslaw for $8 per plate at VFW Post 4464, 134 Third Avenue, Gallipolis, from 3-8 p.m.
Then on Sunday, July 4, the American Legion Lafayette Post #27, the Sons of the American Legion Squadron #27 and the Auxiliary will host a Family Party for the kids at 1 p.m., at the post home on McCormick Road in Gallipolis. There will be games, water balloons, bouncy house, corn hole, as well as refreshments. All members kids and public are welcome to attend.
Also, some of those on the Gallia County side of the Ohio River will be able to view fireworks from Point Pleasant’s Liberty Fest which are being set off from a barge across from Riverfront Park at 10 p.m. on Sunday. Liberty Fest activities begin at 4 p.m. in downtown Point Pleasant. Admission is free.
Beth Sergent contributed to this story.
(Editor’s note: Updates to these events or the addition of other holiday offerings can be emailed to the Tribune at firstname.lastname@example.org for possible free publication consideration.)
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