Several activities set for holiday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 3, 2008

Finding something to do on the Fourth of July is pretty easy in the Tri-State.

Besides opportunities to see fireworks, there is Summer Motion in Ashland, Ky., local events in Coal Grove, and rock-related activities in Portsmouth.

Family Fun Days in Coal Grove has activities for the kids, a chance to buy pie and see lots of local entertainers perform. The schedule for today is: 4 p.m. - Emily Vance; 4:30 p.m.-Michael Wilcoxin; 5-6 p.m.-Bridgett Reynolds; 6- 7 p.m. - cake and pie auction; 7-9 p.m. - The Fugitives; 9-10 p.m. - Craig Haney and 10 p.m. - fireworks.

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The Fourth of July in Ashland, Ky. means its time for Summer Motion. Now in its second decade, the event features national music acts, food and other events.

Tonight on the Riverfront will be Sarah Johns and Marty Stuart. On the Fourth of July it will be Lady Antebellum and Tracy Lawrence with fireworks at 10 p.m.

On Saturday, the Diamonds will play in Central Park. All the shows are free.


Portsmouth is having free kids activities and a lot of rock-related events to tie with the Indian Head Rock controversy.

The Civic Forum will have their 73rd Fireworks display at 10 p.m. on July 4.

The rock party be in York Park from 3-7 p.m. and will include rock painting, the opportunity to create a unique rock necklace, search for rock treasure and the opportunity to leave a mark on a replica version of the Indian Head Rock.

People can also scale a rock wall in the park.

At 7 p.m., music group Mighty Fine with storytelling by a Mark Twain impersonator to follow at 8 p.m.

Mighty Fine will take the stage again until the fireworks display at 10 p.m.


To the east, Huntington has music and fireworks on the Fourth with Picnic with the Pops at Harris Riverfront Park at 5 p.m. and then the Joe Freeman Bluegrass Band.

The fireworks display will be at 10 p.m.


Greenbo State Lake Resort will have bluegrass and fireworks on July 4.

The music starts at 6:30 p.m. at Greenbo Lake Amphitheatre with New Time performing and fireworks at 10 p.m. at the nearby beach area.