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From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, concerts and festivals to more casual family and friend gatherings and good ol’ barbecues. Unfortunately this year, the Fourth of July will be celebrated differently in Randolph County due to COVID19 and the restrictions of large gatherings and events, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do, quite the opposite actually. Put on that red, white and blue attire and check out our list of must-dos for you to start planning your July 4th trip to the mountains of West Virginia.

Let’s go ahead and get the bad news out of the way first. The firework show that normally takes place in Elkins has been postponed until Labor Day Weekend and town of Harman firework show has been cancelled. Sadly, the annual Mountain State Street Machine Auto Extravaganza has been cancelled as well. The nearest public firework show will be in Buckhannon, West Virginia. Click HERE for more details on this fireworks event.

Like clockwork, the 4th of July always brings with it the “dog days of summer” and in Randolph County there is no better way to enjoy cooling off than by the river.  Meet up at Shavers Fork River in Bowden to relax by taking a swim or floating down on a tube, kayak or canoe. Rent and reserve your river gear with Shavers Fork Adventures or Revelle’s River Resort.  This 4th of July tradition is fun for the whole family.

Whether you are a golf enthusiast and want to hit the links for the day, you prefer the challenge of disc golf or you want to spend some time with the family playing with your feet, we have all the golfing options available at your fingertips or should we say toetips? The Elks is the only golf course located between Elkins and Beverly. This 9-hole course competes admirably with the larger courses around the state. Davis & Elkins College is home to a 9-hole disc golf course and if we are being honest, it can be quite challenging for the beginner but enjoyable. The course is also set up on an open field and can be one of the best places to gather and play ultimate frisbee. Chip Shots Footgolf is located in Dry Fork. Footgolf is a sport that combines soccer and golf and is ideal for all age groups. Can you get a hole in one on this July 4th weekend?

A Fourth of July cookout is always a must during the long weekend celebration. Plan a picnic at one of our many different park settings. Picnic tables are available in the city parks on a first come first serve basis, and if you are concerned about the occasional downpour reserve a pavilion at Stuart Recreation Area. Although the smorgasbord of food is extremely important, this type of outing can be fun for some friendly competition in the sun like tossing some beanbags on the cornhole boards or playing a game of whiffle ball. Don’t forget to check out the local breweries like Big Timber Brewing for a growler or crowler fill, a keg, or the variety of cans they offer.

“Thunder in the Mountains” at Elkins Raceway is a great way to spend a summer evening especially during the July 4th weekend. Racing goes well with a good time, pulling up your lawn chair, and listening to the sound of the revving engines. Although there aren’t any fireworks happening, the sound of a racetrack could be the closest thing to that exhilarating experience. Saturday night features Dirt Super Late Models, FASTRAK Crate Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Edge Hot Mods, Dirt Street Stocks, and Mini-Wedges. Click HERE for more details on the Elkins Raceway.

You can find any type of outdoor recreation in Randolph County. For some, camping under the stars is a perfect way to celebrate our independence. Check out our variety of campgrounds. For others, it could be going on a hike or biking our rail-trails and just enjoying the fresh air. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or just want to leisurely relax under the canopy of trees on the deck of a cabin rental, we have something for everyone.  With all these options, it’ll be easy to start planning your summer getaway to visit us.

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