July 3-4 activities in Fayetteville this year will be part of the Fayetteville Heritage Festival.

Events will feature a parade, vendors, children's activities, live music and others.

Lineup for the Best Small Town 4th of July Parade will begin at 4 p.m. on July 3 at the Fayetteville Presbyterian Church.

Anyone interested in participating in the parade or securing vendor space can call town hall at 304-574-0101 or Zenda Vance at 304-575-8671. Vendor cost will be $50 for two days or $25 for one.

The list of activities includes:

Saturday, July 3

• 8:30 a.m. — July 4 5k family fun run/walk, Charlie McCoy Town Park

• 10 a.m. — Come On Home Reunion, Charlie McCoy Town Park

• 2 to 9 p.m. — Vendors, downtown Fayetteville

• 3 p.m. — Fayetteville Community Chorus, Fayette County Courthouse lawn

• 3:30 p.m. — Hula hoop contest, downtown

• 4 p.m. — Balloon toss, courthouse lawn

• 4 to 9 p.m. — Inflatables by Party Palooza, Charlie McCoy Town Park

• 5 p.m. — The Best Small Town 4th of July Parade, downtown

• 6 p.m. — Class of 1971 reunion, town hall

• 6 p.m. — Frog jumping

• 6 to 9 p.m. — Street dance featuring The 2 Broke Band, downtown

• 7 p.m. — Turtle race

Sunday, July 4

(all festivities will be at Charlie McCoy Town Park)

• 10 a.m. — Community church service (in case of rain, service will move to the First Church of God)

• 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Vendors

• 2 to 9 p.m. — Inflatables by Party Palooza

• 3 to 5 p.m. — Music featuring the Duffy Boyd Bluegrass Band

• 6 to 9 p.m. — Music featuring The 2 Broke Band

• Dusk — Fireworks presented by the Town of Fayetteville Fire Department

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Stay and play in America's newest national park this Fourth of July weekend and beyond, New River Gorge CVB officials urge.

Visitors can cool down with a family-friendly float trip on the Upper New or try a fun activity like paddleboarding.

Prefer to stay on land? Spend the afternoon hiking to picturesque views or step back in time on a walking tour of the historic town of Thurmond.

Check the CVB's events calendar for upcoming festivals and live music to add to your vacation. Lodging options are also available.

For more information, visit https://newrivergorgecvb.com/.

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The City of Montgomery and the Montgomery Board of Parks and Recreation will offer Upper Kanawha Valley residents Independence Day weekend activities on Saturday, July 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. on the front street between Adams and Washington streets.

There will be children's activities, music, ice cream, popcorn and more. Also, fireworks will go off at 10 p.m.

The musical entertainment will feature Willie D and No Regrets. Also performing during the evening will be Philip Bowen, the son of Montgomery residents Gary and Lou Ann Bowen. The younger Bowen, who now lives in Detroit, was a recent grand prize winner in the TikTok Gamers Greatest Talent final.

For more information on vendor space or any of the activities, call city hall at 304-442-5181.

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Smithers resident Jeff Flanagan will bring his band and his four decades of performing experience to the Independence Weekend Kickoff at Smithers Gateway Center on Friday, July 2.

A new walking trail, a flag-raising ceremony and local produce sales will also be part of the evening's activities.

The city is sponsoring the free public celebration from 3 to 9:30 p.m. on the parking lot between Valley PK-8 (former Valley High) and the Gateway Center, home to city hall and other public services, located at #2 Greyhound Lane.

Scheduled events include:

• 3 to 7 p.m. — Farmers market for locally grown foodstuffs and locally-produced goods

• 7 to 7:15 p.m. — Flag-raising ceremony by Mountaineer Challenge Academy South, Montgomery

• 7:15 to 8 p.m. — Grand opening of the new River Cities Urban Walking Trail, a 2-mile loop marked along city sidewalks, and free water bottles while they last for those who want to try the trail led by Active Southern West Virginia

• 8 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music, Jeff Flanagan and the Sweet Lipzz Brass

Check the Facebook page of the City of Smithers for updated information.

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The Town of Gauley Bridge and The Talon will host a cruise-in all day on Saturday, July 3, in the old Foodland parking lot next to the river.

Vendors will be set up, including Sweet Rolls Barbecue and the Chimney Corner Cafe with hot dogs.

Musician Justin Perry will perform from 6 to 9 p.m., and fireworks will be let off after dark.

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