Red, white and blue will be painted throughout Randolph County as the area celebrates the nation’s Independence Day! The community may be nestled within the valleys and mountains of West Virginia, but this holiday weekend is filled with entertainment for both the local and the out-of-towner.
From downtown Elkins to the towns beyond the backwoods, events, and activities are scheduled for Fourth of July weekend with live music, dancin’ and of course, fireworks.
On Thursday, July 4, catch local musician Tim White at downtown Beander’s and Nashville musicians Erica and Wes at Smoke on the Water. If you’re in the mood for an adventure, catch the New Tygart Flyer at the Elkins Train Depot. The train ride is a four-hour roundtrip excursion from Elkins to High Falls.
Friday, July 5, is scheduled to be filled with live performances and antique cars.
From 5-8 p.m., catch the Mountain State Street Machines Auto Extravaganza where hundreds of antique cars will be lined up throughout downtown.
Downtown Elkins will also host First Friday’s Independence Day event scheduled from 5-7 p.m. The sounds of local music and the smell of area cuisine will fill the downtown streets.
Outside of downtown Elkins, you will find the Gandy Dancer: Premier Show, where guests will be treated to dinner and a performance by the Mountain Memories Show Band. The popular band will perform a two-hour Branson-style show with music from the 50’s- today featuring an array of music styles and family-friendly comedy and dancers.
If you’re in town July 6, you don’t want to miss Saturday’s events.
Aside from the antique car show and several train rides scheduled, you’ll find Ryan Cain and the Ables performing live at the Rotary Amphitheater in the Elkins Town Square.
Out in Beverly, learn the art of Contra Dancing at the Beverly IOOF Lodge.
If you happen to be in the mood for an adventure, stop by the small Swiss village called Helvetia for the kickoff of First Saturday Square Dance from 8-10 p.m. Admission for adults is $5 and $2 for children 12 and under.
The fourth annual El Gran Fest kicks off Saturday evening with the musical talents of Darren and The Buttered Toast.
Saturday evening, head to the Davis and Elkins College campus for a free concert and a spectacular fireworks display. The event starts at 8 p.m.
Get a second chance at catching Nashville musicians, Erica and Wes, Saturday evening at the Stumble In Bar N Grill. Their music has a focus on country-pop fusion with a kiss of jazz.
Still in town on Sunday? Awesome. The Augusta Heritage Center will host Cajun and Creole Week and Classic Country Week. Concerts, mini-courses, jam sessions, and dancing will happen all week long.
If you’re from out-of-town, stop by and stay awhile. The county has plenty of overnight stay options – from camping in the woods to snoozin’ in a local hotel.