Several Fourth of July events are planned for the Tug Valley area this coming week.

With the July 4th Independence Day holiday on Thursday, there will no doubt be many cookouts, ripe watermelon sliced for eating and plenty of fireworks to enjoy.

The Thunder In The Valley Fireworks Show presented by the Belfry Volunteer Fire Department will be Wednesday, July 3, near the Southside Mall at South Williamson, Kentucky. The mall will offer its annual Freedom Fest from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be events on the parking lot and indoor vendor space available. If anyone would like to perform on center stage in the mall, call 606-237-1200 and ask for Sheryle Sullivan.

The town of Kermit will conduct its annual Independence Day festivities on the evening of Wednesday, July 3. Starting at 7 p.m., there will be free watermelon and popsicles. Vendors will be set up at the city park, according to Mayor Charles Sparks. The fireworks show will be held at dark, around 9:30 p.m.

On Thursday, July 4, the town of Delbarton will hold its annual Fourth of July celebration. There will be plenty of food at the Opry House with free hot dogs and watermelon. The big fireworks show will be at 9:30 p.m. in the downtown area. Those attending are reminded to bring lawn chairs.

The town of Gilbert will get in on the act on Friday, July 5, with a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Several food vendors will be set up at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center at 8 p.m. Call Andrea Trent at 304-785-1153 for more information. Those who attend are reminded to bring lawn chairs.

On Saturday, July 6, there will be a fireworks show at the Frenzy Family Fun Festival, which will be at the Beech Creek Community Park near Matewan. The hot dog sale starts at 4 p.m. There will be live music by Ought One Band, a dunking booth, inflatables for the kids, games, face painting, Bubbles the Clown and concessions. The fireworks show is scheduled to start at dark.

The city of Pikeville, Kentucky, is celebrating Independence Day starting Thursday, July 4, at 6 p.m. in the Pikeville City Park. Families can enjoy food and music for this free event. The firework display will begin at dusk.

Kyle Lovern is editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at 304-236-3526 or via email at