By Abigail Roberts
VSRAB ORCHARD – Main Street in Crab Orchard will be packed again as the town prepares to welcome the public to another annual Independence Day celebration.
The two-day event — one of Kentucky’s longest continuous Independence Day celebrations — will kick off Friday, July 1 and end Saturday, July 2 with a fireworks display.
New this year is a guided tour of the Civil War Soldiers Cemetery led by local historian David Gambrel. The local cemetery is the final resting place of many Civil War soldiers and has an extensive history.
The tour will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The Miss Crab Orchard pageants will begin the weekend of events at 6 p.m. Friday at Crab Orchard Elementary. A car cruise will also start at 6 p.m. on Main Street. A live Civil War encampment will take place on the old bank lot.
Karaoke and street dancing Leamond Padgett will begin at 8 p.m.
On Saturday morning, there will be a Country Ham Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Crab Orchard Elementary.
The annual Independence Day Parade will begin at 1 p.m.
Activities for children will take place on Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m., including a watermelon exploration, an ice cream tasting contest, a water balloon relay and a cake walk. Inflatable structures will also be set up during the day on Saturday.
A Cadillac Tractor performance will kick off another street dance starting at 7 p.m.
The annual fireworks will begin at 10 p.m.
Vendors will be set up all weekend along Main Street.
For more information on the 4th of July festivities, contact Donya Saylor at 859-238-9563 or Nancy Baker at 606-355-2319.