Grills will be fired up, fireworks will be lit and music will be played as communities through the area gear up for the Fourth of July holiday.
Harrah’s Metropolis Casino and Hotel of Metropolis are joining forces with the City of Metropolis and Ingram Barge Co. to provide a community fireworks display at dusk, at approximately at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 at the Metropolis riverfront.
The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to Dorothy Miller Park, located east of Harrah’s Hotel on Front Street.
The fireworks will be launched from a barge on the Ohio River.
Prior to the holiday display at the riverfront, residents are invited to the join the family of the late Steven Farmer at Washington Park for a firework show.
Farmer, 54, passed away Feb. 6.
Every Fourth of July holiday, Farmer, who was a funeral director for 32 years and owner of Miller, Aikins-Farmer and Brookport funeral homes, enjoyed lighting up the sky at Washington Park with fireworks.
In memory of Farmer, family and friends are continuing his tradition, with a show beginning at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.
Michele Bradley will be providing music, and Farmer’s son, Ethan, and family will be in charge of the pirotecnia.
Plans are being made for the Fourth of July at the Brookport Park on Thursday.
There will be a 10 a.m. parade with hot dogs, chips and drinks at the park.
This year, vendors selling food and wares will be set up in the park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals that want to set up a booth with yard sale items or crafts are welcome too.
Children’s activities are in the plans but not finalized yet.
Since space is limited, vendors must register with Kathy Tucker at 618-638-3156. There is no fee.
Anyone or group that wishes to be in the parade should call as well.
All are welcome to participate in this community activity.
Gospel singing and fireworks in the park will conclude the day at 9 p.m.
The Independence Day activities for Paducah will begin at 5:30 p.m. July 4 on the Wilson Stage on Paducah’s Riverfront, with free entertainment and fireworks starting at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Several food and non-food vendors will be set up.
A Patriot Day Celebration is being planned on Saturday by the Grand Chain Community Library, along with the Grand Chain Community Development Association.
The festivities will begin with a lawn mower/four-wheeler parade at 4 p.m. on Main Street.
The K&I Drifters will provide music, beginning at 5 p.m.
At 6 p.m., a water slide will be furnished by the Grand Chain Fire Department.
Food consisting of hamburgers, chips, sodas and watermelon will be available throughout the evening.
Washer pitching is also being planned.
The evening will finish with an outdoor movie at dusk.
Attendees should bring lawn chairs.