Celebrate the fourth of July in Mercer County
On the 4th of July, the entire country will celebrate America’s birthday with fireworks, cook-outs and concerts. The holiday weekend and the 4th of July will be filled with activities in Mercer County for the entire family. Here is our guide for the best celebrations in southern West Virginia:
Start the celebration early in the ATV-friendly town of Bramwell or the city of Bluefield, home of the professional baseball team, The Blue Jays. On Saturday, July 1, ATV riders can ride their machines to town for a free concert at the Train Depot in Bramwell. The concert, featuring The Transit Time Band, will begin at 6 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk. Parking is available behind Main Street for ATVs. Vehicles can park along Main Street.
You can also hang out with the buffalo at Buffalo Trails ATV resort on Saturday, July 1 and celebrate Independence Day with food, drinks and fun. The resort will be having their first 4th of July celebration, with fireworks, at 10 p.m. Come early to eat dinner and get a seat! Fireworks will be visible from most cabins, the parking lot and the outdoor dining area. Brushcreek Falls RV Resort will also celebration the holiday with a host of activities and dinner specials at their restaurant Campfire Grill.
It’s a home game for the Bluefield Blue Jays on Saturday. The home team will take on the Bristol Pirates at 7:05 p.m., at Bowen Field. Its not a game without popcorn and a hot dog. Grab a cold beer and stay until the fireworks boom over city park, next to the ball field. We guarantee its the best seat in the house.
On Tuesday, July 4, the grand celebration in Princeton, off exit 9 on 1-77, starts at 1 p.m., at Hunnicut Field. This family-friendly event will feature a kids zone with face painting, pie-eating contests, sack races and more. Adults can sit back and listen to great music in an outdoor setting by the gospel group Chosen Road, Transit Time at 2:45 p.m., Thomas Taylor and the High Rise Band at 4 p.m. The Furrows at 5:15 p.m., beach music by the Beach Nite Band at 6:45 p.m., and Rick K and the All Nighters at 8:45 p.m. At 5 p.m., you don’t want to miss the popular sky divers exhibition and the dance party at the football field starts at 7:45. Seats are available in the stadium.
The finale will be the fireworks at dusk, between 9:45-10 p.m., after the last concert in the stadium. Fireworks are subject to weather.
Vehicles can park in the parking lots on Stafford Drive in Princeton to see the fireworks. Another great viewing place is Route 20, near the hospital. Event organizers ask that people not park on Highway 460 or the Princeton Community Hospital Emergency Room parking lot.