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ENTERTAINMENT 2023
All concerts, events, and activities are free to the public (excluding the carnival)

JULY 1 - 4: Starcher Mansion
The Eyes of Freedom and
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

June 30
July 1
July 2

Thursday, June 29th

Ripley WV Fourth of July
6:00 p.m. Constellium Bicycle Parade
Patriots on Wheels Bicycle Parade on North Street

It’s called the bicycle parade, but kids on bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers are likely to be seen in this event. Sponsored by Constellium Rolled Products, it begins at 6 p.m. at United Bank’s North Street location.

 

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

CARNIVAL to support First Responders

Sponsored by the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department
Help them so they can help you in your greatest hour of need.

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7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Dancing in the Street

DJ Donnie Allen 
North Court Street

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6:30 p.m.
Western West Virginia Metro Band

Courthouse Lawn
Metro Band Ripley WV 4th of July
8:00 p.m.
Charleston Metro Band

Courthouse Lawn

The Charleston Metropolitan Bands include a concert band and pep bands that play at high school reunions and sporting events. We are volunteer musicians who enjoy getting together to play many different styles of music and provide live musical entertainment throughout the Kanawha Valley and surrounding region.

Friday, June 30th

5:30 p.m.

Class Act

Queens Night (games, animal parade, etc.)

“The Class Act” is becoming a tradition with the Fourth of July Celebration in Ripley. It serves as an all-class reunion for Ripley High graduates, spouses and friends.  it all begins at 6 p.m. on the Courthouse lawn. This is an all-class reunion for Ripley High School grads and friends. 

The Charleston Metropolitan Bands include a concert band and pep bands that play at high s

Headlining for the
2023 Ripley 4th of July Celebration!

8:00 p.m.

Courthouse Lawn

Country Music Legend Ronnie McDowell

An American country musician, McDowell shot to fame after his 1977 hit, “The King is Gone”, following the death of Elvis Presley. Throughout his career he has amassed 30 top ten records, appeared in movies and TV, and continues to tour.  

McDowell has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and with artists such as Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette, and Loretta Lynn. His most recent project is a new country album titled “Ronnie McDowell Country”, which includes a collection of six new songs.  

Saturday, July 1 

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6:00 p.m.

Ben Fuller Sponsored by U-Turn

Opening Acts:
Cade McCoy

Stephen Stanley a National Recording Artist

Music has taken Ben Fuller’s life and made it into something he never would have dreamed. Ben grew up in Southern Vermont on his family dairy farm working along-side his father. He'd pass the time by singing to old classic country tunes as he witnessed first-hand the hard work and dedication it took to run a farm. The songs never stopped and somewhere between the farm and college, he picked up a guitar and never looked back.

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Sunday, July 2 

6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 

CARNIVAL to support First Responders

Sponsored by the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department
Help them so they can help you in your greatest hour of need.

4:30 Corey Hager and Nashville Band

A talented and rising country musician, Corey Hager has opened for numerous hit musicians and recently released his latest "Honky Tonk Addiction" in May of 2023. 

As a young singer, Glen opened for Randy Travis. Glen has also shared the stage with more than 50 National Acts including Joe Nichols, Jameson Rodgers, and many other well-known artists. Glen has recently been working with Bruce Allen and Jim Jordan in Nashville from Jordash Records, who signed Glen to this record label on March 14, 2022. His first national Country music release (“Writing You A Love Song”) with Jordash Records is scheduled for July, 2022. Glen is so thankful to Jordash Records for giving him this opportunity to be a Nashville Recording Artist with this Record Label.

6 p.m. Glen Shelton

6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 

CARNIVAL to support First Responders

Sponsored by the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department
Help them so they can help you in your greatest hour of need.

7:30 p.m. Morgan White 

Morgan White returns to Ripley and the Constellium Stage for a 7:30 pm performance on Sunday, July 2nd.

Morgan White has always known that singing would carry her far beyond the Appalachian peaks that she calls home. Born in the Southern coalfields of West Virginia, she is referred to as a modern day “Coal Miner’s Daughter”! Her first album entitled “I’m Gone” produced TWO #1 Singles!!! The album's title track "I’m Gone" remained at the top of the charts for TWELVE WEEKS STRAIGHT on Hot Country Radio in the Carolina’s. 

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Morgan White Musician Ripley 4th Independence Day

Monday, July 3

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6:00 p.m.

5 Spot Band will be on the Constellium Stage for a 6:00 pm performance on Monday, July 3.

6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 

CARNIVAL to support First Responders

Sponsored by the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department
Help them so they can help you in your greatest hour of need.

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8:00 p.m. Adam Tucker

Adam Tucker a.k.a. Vegas McGraw will be on the Constellium Stage for an 8:00 pm performance on Monday, July 3.

Adam recently WON episode 3 on the new hit TV show executive produced by Jimmy Fallon Called Clash of The Cover Bands! He and his talented crew have opened up for 42 National Acts all over the United States, including: Taylor Swift, Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Charlie Daniels, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Tracy Lawrence etc. The response has been overwhelming and invitations from large corporate events to fairs, festivals, casinos and charity benefits have presented themselves. The timeless sound of Tim McGraw proves appealing to audiences of all ages, bringing back memories and touching the hearts of all. This talented group of musicians showcase Tim McGraws' mega-hits! 

Tuesday, July 4

7:00 a.m. - Calvary Pancake Breakfast

9:00 a.m. -  Little Patriot Hour - Mountaineer Mascot

Fun and games for kids of all ages with the Mountaineer

10:00 a.m. - Opening Ceremony​

11:30 a.m. -  Firecracker Race

12:00 p.m. -Parade

Parade Route

Covering 1.5 miles. the Sheetz Grand Parade begins near Ripley High School. The route follows South Church Street (Rt. 33) to Main Street (Rt. 21) and concludes at the intersection of West Main Street and Academy Drive. This year's parade will again be televised live by WOWK-TV 13.

Ripley WV Fourth of July Independence Day

2:00 p.m. Kids On First & Kurt Shultis

Kurt Shultis has performed 3 times for the crowd at Ripley’s Fourth of July Celebration. The talented singer and songwriter is making his fourth appearance on the fourth in 2022. He is performing at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4 on the Constellium Stage on the lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse. Shultis sings in a variety of genres including pop rock and country. He serves as an instructor at the Jackson County School of Music and recording studio in Ripley and recently released the 8-song album “The Great Divide.”

Ripley WV Fourth of July Independence Day

WV’s Kids on First will perform on the Constellium Stage on Tuesday, July 4. The group is comprised of young entertainers from communities in the Mountain State.

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4:00 p.m. Ultra Sound

Ultra Sound features music from the 80’s with a touch of today’s hits. The high energy band, which has a strong Jackson County presence and following, is making its return to Ripley’s 4th of July Celebration. Enjoy the show at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4 on the Constellium Stage on the lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse. Expect to hear songs made popular by such bands as Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Guns ‘n Roses and AC/DC, among others.

6:00 P.M. TO 11 P.M. CARNIVAL

CARNIVAL to support First Responders

Sponsored by the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department
Help them so they can help you in your greatest hour of need.

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6:00 p.m. Power of Love 

Huey Lewis & The News Tribute Band

The POWER OF LOVE is a group of masterful, extremely talented musicians performing the greatest hits of one of the most beloved and iconic acts in music history.

The POWER OF LOVE front-man has traveled the world honoring his craft working with some of the greatest rock and rollers ever: Chubby Checker, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Bo Diddley and dozens more!

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8:00 p.m. US Air National Guard Band of the Northeast 

The Air National Guard Band of the Northeast supports the total Air Force mission in war and peace by preserving our national heritage, accomplished mainly through the professional music it provides for official military, recruiting and community events. The Band of the Northeast is assigned the state mission of supporting regional Air National Guard units.

Starts immediately following parade to 5:00 p.m.
CARNIVAL to support First Responders

Sponsored by the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department
Help them so they can help you in your greatest hour of need.

CARNIVAL

Ripley WV Fourth of July Independence Day

10:00 p.m. Fireworks Finale

Fireworks are the classic conclusion to “America’s Largest Small-Town Independence Celebration.”

Sponsored by Dutch Miller of Ripley, the dazzling display will light up the sky at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4th.

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