The Fourth of July isn’t until next Wednesday, but holiday festivities get underway this weekend.
At Oglebay, there are park-wide family fun events all weekend, with the grand finale fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Schenk Lake. Also at Schenk Lake, Tim Ullom will perform from 4:30-5:30, and Hit Play will perform from 6-9:15 p.m. Lace up your sneakers for the Fourth of July 5K, 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Registration begins at 8 p.m. at the main entrance of the Oglebay Good Zoo. There are also Segway tours, face painting, balloon art, inflatable rides and a rock climbing wall. Check out the complete schedule of events at www.oglebay.com/independence-day-getaway.
The Wheeling Heritage Car Show begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 1, at Heritage Port.
The Wheeling Symphony’s concert features Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius, and Mollie O’Brien with Roger Moore, performing with the orchestra on Wednesday, July 4, at Heritage Port. Come early for vendors and fun! Stay late for the fireworks! The concert is at 7:30 p.m. The symphony will kick off the Celebrate America tour at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at the Weirton Event Center, and will perform at 5 p.m. Monday, July 2, at Canaan Valley State Park, and at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Clarksburg Amphitheater. The concerts will be conducted by Roger Kalia. www.wheelingsymphony.org
Logan Wojik will perform Wednesday, July 4, before and after the fireworks at River City Restaurant, 1400 Main St., Wheeling. www.rivercitybanquets.com
LUNCH WITH LADIES FOR LIBERTY
Remember “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Shoo Shoo Baby” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”? World War II was a time when the spirit of patriotism ran high in America, and that spirit was reflected in the music of that era. The Andrews Sisters, in particular, brought a spark of relief and joy, which helped to lighten the load for the American soldier as well as the folks back home. Ladies for Liberty is a singing troupe dedicated to performing the Andrews Sisters style of music through their own rendition of vocals, costumes, hairstyles and the spirit of patriotism reminiscent of the 1940s. “Bei Mir Bist du Schoen,” Oh, Johnny, Oh!” and “Lullaby of Broadway” are just a few of the songs the Ladies for Liberty will share at Lunch With Books at noon, Tuesday, July 3, at the Ohio County Public Library. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
- Pocket Change (rock), Toe Tappin’ Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, Wheeling Park Amphitheater, Wheeling. 304-234-3838
- 40+ Band (oldies, classic rock, country), St. Clairsville Summer Concert Series, 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, Central Park Complex, St. Clairsville. 740-695-2037.
- Bret Cain Duo (top 40, rock favorites), Marshall County Summer Concert Series, Friday, June 29, Glen Dale Park, 7 p.m.
The Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival is set for Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 1, at several venues in New Martinsville. The free event features the music of Del McCoury Band, David Grisman, the Travelin’ McCourys, the Steeldrivers, The Last Waltz Live, Johnny Staats & The Delivery Boys, Herb & Hanson, Ezra John Hamilton, Wheeling Park Bluegrass Band and more!
GRILLING WITH BIG REDS
Head to the back of Good Mansion Wines at 6 p.m. Friday, June 29, to kick off the July Fourth week for a good old, classic summer cookout, where they will be grilling sausage and serving it up on toasted baguettes with olive oil. To accompany the barbecue, try the juiciest, fruit forward reds, including Negroamaro and Cannonau from Italy, Zinfandel from California, Garnacha from Spain, Cabernet from California and South Africa, Shiraz from Australia and more. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. www.goodmansionwines.com
BATTLE OF THE DJs
It’s Monster Jam DJ Battle No. 2 from 8-11 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the Wheeling Park Memorial Ice Rink as Nick Arno showcases his DJ talents. Brian Oliver competed on June 7, and DJ Daner is set for July 26, with the Monster Jam DJ Battle set for Aug. 9. $6.
Free Summer Drive-In Movies continue Friday, June 29, with “Top Gun.” Grab a parking spot in front of the Wheeling Park White Palace at dusk for an old-fashioned drive-in experience. 304-243-4085.
Float with a flick at the Wheeling Park pool for the Summer Dive-In Movie Saturday, June 30, “Shrek 2.” Admission for kids (ages 4-12), $6.25; and for adults, $7.25, however, the movie is free with cost of pool admission. The movie also can be enjoyed free of charge from the upper level of the Stone building. 304-243-4085.