ALDERSON, W.Va. — Folks in the Greenbrier County community of Alderson have been showing the way for six decades when it comes to celebrating the nation’s independence. This year will mark the town’s 60th Fourth of July Celebration and it promises to be a dandy.
Greg Eary is chairman of the celebration committee. He’s a legacy since it was his dad in 1961 who decided they’d like to have some kind of festivities.
“My father and a couple of people got together and decided they wanted to have a little celebration here. They got bargains with some stars and a few things like that and it just went from there,” Eary explained.
What started as a small celebration has turned into a five day rip roaring good time for folks all over Southeastern West Virginia.
“Our celebration is really unique for the small town it is. We have a huge parade over two miles long. We have an excellent fireworks show, probably one of the biggest ones in the sate. ” he said.
The fireworks are on both Saturday night and Sunday night. The pyrotechnics are handled in house and include aerial shots coordinated with ground displays. According to Eary the fireworks show is one which they work on year round.
The shindig starts Thursday and runs all the way to Sunday evening. There is a 5K race on Monday associated with the events making it a five day celebration. There are various games, activities, concerts and plenty of food. Almost all of the activities happen at Alderson Memorial Field and there are other activities happening at the Alderson mini-park along the Greenbrier River. A full schedule can bee seen at the city’s Facebook page. One of the hallmarks of the celebration is the parade on Saturday which stretches for nearly two miles.
“We’re tired of people staying in. We want everybody to get out and have a good time,” Eary said.