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Percy Sledge headlines local July 4 celebrations and fireworks displays




Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Percy Sledge will perform his soul classic in Whitesburg on July 4 at 8 p.m. at River Park. (AP)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Percy Sledge will perform his soul classic in Whitesburg on July 4 at 8 p.m. at River Park. (AP)

Fireworks celebrations are planned in three Letcher County communities to commemorate Independence Day.

A fireworks display paid for by the Isom Days Committee will begin at dark on July 3 at the Isom Fairgrounds.

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 take 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.

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 city government, Neon Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion Post 104 and the Neon Days Committee.


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