The Biggest Celebration in the state of WV

A Hometown Tradition since 1947.

History of Wellsburg 4th of July


Nelson Mandela once said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
It is those who conquer that fear we honor this Fourth of July. The brave men and women of our Emergency Services are fearless and self-sacrificing. They are the first in and the last out when it comes to any emergency situation. Theirs is a thankless and tiering task built on the premise of helping others and often saving of one’s life. It is this self-sacrifice that we honor this holiday and say THANK YOU to those unsung heroes.

(2014 article by WTOV 9)
If you grew up in the Ohio Valley like I did, we all remember them: those community celebrations that brought residents out in full force. Sadly, a lot of those are now in the history books. But one community has continued its long tradition of honoring our nation on Independence Day for the past sixty years. At first glance, it's like your back in time at an old-fashioned fourth of July celebration. For decades, the city of Wellsburg has been celebrating the birth of our country's independence. Wellsburg is the only city in the Ohio Valley to celebrate the Fourth of July for an entire week. The community started this celebration back in 1947. You name it, they do it. From face painting to softball games and concerts to nightly concerts, this celebration has been bringing this community together in grand American fashion. And it continues to grow each year. "The past few years, we have grown by leaps and bounds. We have everything from a parade to fireworks," said Todd Richie of the Wellsburg Fourth of July Committee. More impressive is the number of events organizers have planned from children of all ages. Approximately 300 kids take part in the variety of games and activities. "I think it's a great way to get all the families together in the community. Not only do we have events for the kids, we also have them for the adults, as well, such as the fireworks," said Shelby Richie of the Fourth Committee. But the big day comes on the actual Fourth of July itself. "We have close to sixty units in this year's parade from bands, to floats and dignitaries, it's always been a tradition in Wellsburg," said parade organizer Debbie Baker. Which starts one week prior to the 4th. If you're looking to celebrate independence day in a big way, the city of Wellsburg is your place to do it.

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