Local residents have several activities to choose from when they’re deciding how to celebrate Independence Day in Floyd County this week.

Star City Day will feature live music, arts and activities in downtown Prestonsburg on Thursday, July 4, while the cities of Martin and Wheelwright are also hosting community events and fireworks shows that day.

This weekend, the Left Beaver Fire Department will also host its fourth annual “Light Up the Night” celebration in Minnie, and several other activities are also planned, including performances at the Jenny Wiley Amphitheatre and the Mountain Arts Center. 

The lineup of activities includes the following events:

Star City Day, Prestonsburg

Star City Day will return to Prestonsburg for July 4, with live music, arts and crafts, live painting, activities for children and vendors. It will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the municipal parking lot. 

The event, geared to highlight local artists and entrepreneurs, will feature booths by local entrepreneurs and artisans offering art, jewelry and other items, as well as food and “brews.” 

Live music will be provided by Bedford Band, Brandon Campbell and Nicholas Jamerson, who started Star City Day years ago. 

Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton said this year’s fireworks show, hosted by the Prestonsburg Fire Department, will be “second-to-none.” The show is expected to start around 10 p.m. and will be best seen from downtown Prestonsburg. Stapleton reported that it will last approximately 30 minutes this year and will be “one of the best shows of all time.”

4th of July 

Celebration, Martin 

The City of Martin is bringing inflatables, live music, wrestling and fireworks for visitors on Independence Day.

The city’s Fourth of July Celebration will start at 1 p.m., with inflatables for children and offer an evening of live music, beginning at 5 p.m.

The lineup includes Big Sandy Idol winner Kassidy Clatworthy at 5 p.m., The Buzz at 6:15 p.m. and the tribute band, AC/DC Thunderstruck at 8 p.m. The city will host a BCW Wrestling match at 7 p.m. 

Food vendors will also be set up downtown. 

The Martin Volunteer Fire Department will hosts is annual fireworks display at dark on July 4.  

Independence Day in Wheelwright

Hundreds of people are expected to turnout in the City of Wheelwright on July 4 for the annual Independence Day celebration.

From 6 p.m. until dark, the city will offer free food and refreshments and activities for children. 

The Wheelwright Fire Department will host the annual fireworks display at dark on July 4. 

‘Light Up the Night’ in Minnie 

Left Beaver Fire and Rescue will host its fourth annual Light Up the Night event this weekend at the Minnie ballpark.

The event will start at noon on Saturday, July 6, and feature food, inflatables, live music and a fireworks show at dark. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. 

Entertainment begins at 4 p.m. with Dakota and Megan, followed by Anthony Stumbo and Tommy Webb  (5 p.m.), Austin Newman (6 p.m.), Troy Burchett (7 p.m.), Kassidy Clatworthy (8 p.m.), Teddi Leigh Cyrus (8:30 p.m.) and Bobby Cyrus (9 p.m.).

Other activities to enjoy this weekend

There are several other activities taking place this weekend, including the following events:

Friday, July 5

•7 p.m.: Front Porch Pickin,’ Mountain Arts Center. Free admission  

•8:15 p.m.: Mary Poppins Jr. on stage, Jenny Wiley Amphitheatre, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. Tickets are $12 

Saturday, July 6

•7:30 p.m.: Billie Jean Osborne Kentucky Opry, Mountain Arts Center. Tickets are $16 per adults, $14 per senior citizens. 

•7:30 p.m.: Rocky Ridge Stables to host horse show, StoneCrest. Admission is $6 per adult, free to kids age 12 and under. 

Sunday, July 7

•3 p.m.: Mary Poppins Jr. on stage, Jenny Wiley Amphitheatre, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. Tickets are $12. 

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