7 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

Fireworks, Activities, and Upcoming Events Around Mountaineer Country

Looking for something to do this 4th of July? Locals have always been patriotic when it comes to participating in July 4th activities, and now you can join in on the fun, too! Put on your red, white, and blue attire and start waving those American flags because the 4th of July is almost here!

Celebration of America

Head to the Hazel Ruby McQuain Park on July 4 for their grand reopening and 4th of July Celebration of America event taking place from 4PM-10PM. Thanks to the sponsorship and efforts of the City of Morgantown, Citizen’s Bank of Morgantown, several community members, and multiple other sponsors, Mountaineer Country can enjoy live music performances and fireworks display all free to the public.

The park will open to the public at 4PM. The festivities will kick off with a grand reopening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the park at 5PM. The 4th of July Celebration of America will begin at 6PM. with food truck vendors and live musical performances from The Nied’s Hotel Band, The New Relics, and Cody Clayton. A fireworks show will be held at 10PM. to complete the evening’s festivities.

Watch Fireworks

Hazel Ruby McQuain Park will be concluding their Grand Reopening and 4th of July Celebration event with fireworks starting at 10pm. Come early to enjoy live music and good food in Downtown Morgantown.

Taylor County residents can enjoy their own fireworks display in Grafton, courtesy of Taylor County Fireworks. The display will be scheduled for Saturday, July 3 at 10PM and will be visible anywhere you can see the cell tower. The rain date for this display will be Sunday, July 4 at 10PM.

Palatine Park is the place to be for this year’s 4th of July Fireworks Display in Fairmont. Fireworks will start at 10PM on Sunday, July 4. Enjoy live music hosted by DJ Sean Nice during this Independence Day celebration.

Listen to Live Music

Kickoff your Independence Day celebrations a day early with a live performance by The Five and Dime, taking place at Mason Dixon Historical Park on July 3 from 6PM to 8:30PM. This performance is the second in their Summer Concert Series, so be sure to mark your calendar for more upcoming events.

High Ground Brewing in Preston County will be hosting their 3rd annual Independence Day Celebration, featuring Tom Bachelor & Fiddle Mike performing live starting from 5-8pm. Stop by earlier in the day for family-friendly food by Bar-B-Qued Beast, beer-tasting, and face painting by Paint Me Pretty+ LLC for kids and adults!

Celebrate American roots at the Dream Mountain Ranch Bluegrass Festival, taking place July 1 through July 4 at Dream Mountain Ranch in Albright, WV. Enjoy live performances by, Larry Keel / Rumpke Mountain Boys, Kyle Tuttle, Unspoken Tradition, The Hillbilly Gypsies, and many more. Each ticket purchase includes a basic camping spot with upgrades available at higher tiers. Early Bird, General Admission and VIP packages available.

Relax on the Water

Take your friends or family to Krepps or Marilla Park for a day by the pool or rent a boat, kayaks, canoes, or paddle boats and enjoy time on the water at Cheat Lake. Head to Tygart Lake State Park for a mix of lakeside walking trails and picnic areas.

If you enjoy fishing, there are several fishing areas in Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor Counties, or be adventurous by whitewater rafting on the Cheat River. Find the perfect spot for you by visiting our Just Add Water guide.

Reach out to Padlz Canoe & Kayak Rentals to reserve your timeslot for smooth sailing in Bruceton Mills. Appointments can be made on their Facebook page and are decided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Plan a Cookout

A 4th of July cookout is always more fun while camping! Camp at one of Visit Mountaineer Country’s many campgrounds for a weekend of grilling and outdoor activities. You can also host a cookout at one of the parks that provide picnic areas and allow grilling.

Let someone else take care of the cooking! Many great restaurants in Mountaineer Country are offering curbside pick-up and carryout for select menu items. Need catering for a large event? Check out our list of  Mountaineer Country Restaurants that Cater and explore your options for delicious food.

Get a Workout In

Participate in a 4-mile run or walk with Morgantown Running July 4th Road Race on Independence Day. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners, along with winners picked from random drawings. A one-mile run for kids will also be held.

Head to the Mylan Park Aquatic Center to swim a few laps in the Olympic-sized competition pool or enjoy a bit of relaxing open swim in the community pool.

Get outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty around town! Take a hike at Coopers Rock State Forest and stop by the overlook and take in the scenic view.

Family Fun 

Visit Pricketts Fort, located in Fairmont, WV on July 4 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for their Independence Day Celebration. The Declaration of Independence will be read aloud at noon. Then experience 18th-century life through a child’s eyes and return on July 14 for their Colonial Kids Day from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be fun, educational activities for the kiddos throughout the day. (Kids must be accompanied by an adult.)

Drive in a day early for a chance to cheer on the West Virginia Black Bears as they take on the State College Spikes on July 3 at 7:05pm at the Monongalia County Ballpark.

Head to the Terra Alta, WV Community Park for the Old Fashioned 4th of July in the Park, hosted by Terra Alta’s Volunteer Fire Department. The event starts at 10 am and is a fundraiser for the Terra Alta Fire Department.

Join Mylan Park for their Freedom Day event taking place July 4 from 9AM to 8PM. Hop on the court during one of the basketball shoot-out or pickleball games at the Ruby Community Center, or hop into one of the bounce houses and inflatables held next door on the turf. Live music will be presented by RayCraft Entertainment under the big pavilion with face painting and crafts. Stick around for an American Legion Baseball game taking place at 1PM at Anker Field complex, or cool off with half-price swimming & splashing at The Aquatic Center and Splash Pad.

Keep checking back for additional events and activities as we get closer to the 4th of July!

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