Crab Orchard plans for annual July 4 celebration

Published 7:11 pm Sunday, July 3, 2022

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By Abigail Roberts


CRAB ORCHARD – Main Street in Crab Orchard will be packed once again as the city prepares to welcome the public to another annual Independence Day celebration.

Crab Orchard Police Chief Jimmy Gipson will lead the annual Fourth of July parade Saturday in Crab Orchard. Photo by Abigail Roberts

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The two-day event – one of the longest continuous Independence Day celebrations in Kentucky – will begin on Friday, July 1 and end Saturday, July 2 with a fireworks show.

New to this year’s event line-up is a guided Civil War Soldier Cemetery Tour hosted by local historian David Gambrel. The local cemetery is the final resting place for many Civil War soldiers and has a vast history.

The tour will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The Miss Crab Orchard Pageants will kick off the weekend of events at 6 p.m. Friday at Crab Orchard Elementary. A car cruise will also begin at 6 p.m. on Main Street. A live Civil War encampment will be held at the old Bank Lot.

The Leamond Padgett Karaoke and Street Dance will begin at 8 p.m.

Saturday morning there will be a country ham breakfast 7:30-10 a.m. at Crab Orchard Elementary.

The annual Independence Day Parade will begin at 1 p.m.

Kids activities will be held Saturday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. including a watermelon crawl, an ice cream eating contest, water balloon relay and a cake walk. Inflatables will also be set up during the day Saturday.

A performance by Cadillac Tractor will kick off another street dance beginning at 7 p.m.

The annual fireworks show will begin at 10 p.m.

Vendors will be set up all weekend along Main Street.

For more information about the July 4 festivities, contact Donya Saylor at 859-238-9563 or Nancy Baker at 606-355-2319.