Even though a burn ban is in effect in Letcher County, three communities will go forth with fireworks displays.
Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft said the city will take necessary precautions to continue its events to commemorate Independence Day.
Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward issued a county-wide burn ban on June 29 prohibiting all outdoor burning. The ban does not include city fireworks displays or consumer fireworks and sparklers.
Craft said this year’s fireworks show, which will have 160 shots in the finale, is going to be gigantic.
“It gets bigger and better every year,” said Craft.
The City of Whitesburg’s Independence Day festivities at River Park begin at 1 p.m. on July 4 with inflatables, fire truck rides and a farmer’s market. Everyone is invited to bring a table and sell products at the farmer’s market.
A horseshoe tournament will start at 2 p.m., with registration at 1:30 p.m. A cornhole tournament will start at 4 p.m., with sign-ups at 3:30 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to the winners.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Percy Sledge takes the stage at 8 p.m.
Sledge, a 70-year-old Alabama native, is known best for the soul anthem “When a Man Loves a Woman,” which he wrote in 1966 after his girlfriend left him. Other hits by Sledge include “Take Time to Know Her,” “Out of Left Field,” “Warm and Tender Love” and “It Tears Me Up.”
In 1989, Sledge received the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s first career achievement award.
Fireworks will begin after his performance.
If it rains Wednesday night, the fireworks show will be rescheduled for Saturday night.
A fireworks display paid for by the Isom Days Committee will begin at dark on July 3 at the Isom Fairgrounds.
The City of Fleming-Neon will hold an Independence celebration in downtown Neon beginning at 4 p.m. on July 4 with games for children at the stage area. Aftershock will perform at 7 p.m. A fireworks display will begin at dark.
Whitesburg’s fireworks show and celebration is paid for with money earned from the city’s tax on alcoholic beverages. Fleming- Neon’s fireworks are sponsored by the city government, the Neon Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion Post 104 and the Neon Days Committee.