Fireworks, picnics, social gatherings and flag waving will be in abundance for Mingo County next week as activities are planned for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at various locations. All governmental offices and many private sector offices and businesses will be closed as well to allow employees time to celebrate.


Wednesday night will see two activities planned. The largest of which is Thunder In the Valley. While it is held in neighboring Pike County, Kentucky, the event draws thousands of spectators each year from both sides of the Tug Fork River.

Thunder In the Valley is sponsored by the Belfry (Kentucky) Volunteer Fire Department with fireworks being shot in Goody, Kentucky. Spectators vie for viewing locations in all area business parking lots and along the shoulders of U.S. 119.

The Town of Kermit will also have a community celebration on Wednesday, July 3, in the town park. with fireworks starting around 9:30. Prior to the fireworks show visitors will be treated to free watermelon, popsicles and music.

The Town of Delbarton will have its Independence Day celebration on Thursday, July 4, beginning 6 p.m. at the Opry House. Visitors will be served free hot dogs, barbeque and watermelon as long as supplies last. Fireworks by the Gilbert Volunteer Fire Department will begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.

On Friday, Gilbert will wrap up the county’s festivities with food vendors, live music and inflatables beginning at 8 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.


The Fourth of July is a both a federal holiday and popular vacation time. Because of this many business will be closed. Some are listed below:

The administrative offices of the Mingo County Commission and Courthouse will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Along with the county, the cities of Gilbert, Kermit, Matewan and Williamson will also be closed. The offices in the Delbarton Town Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

All emergency services such as fire, police and ambulance will operate normally.

The United State Postal Service will close its local post offices on July 4. Normal hours of operation resume Friday.

BB&T, Bank of Mingo, Community Trust Bank, First National Bank of Williamson, U.S. Bank and each of their respective branches will be closed on Thursday and will reopen on Friday.

The offices of the Housing Authority of Mingo County and the Williamson Housing Authority will be closed Wednesday, July 4. As part of its normal operations, the offices of the HAMC are closed on Fridays.

Trash collection for areas of Mingo County serviced by Waste Management will have a one delay during the holiday. Collection routes normally picked on Thursday will be serviced Friday. Garbage customers in the city of Williamson will see Veolia Water servicing Thursday customers on Wednesday with normal routes resuming on Friday.

The Mingo Messenger will also be changing its deadline because of the Independence Day holiday. In light of this, the newspaper will be delivered to subscribers and made available at local news stands on Saturday instead of Friday.

Many private businesses and offices will also have modified hours for the Fourth of July holiday with some closing for the entire for week for vacation. If you need to conduct business during the holiday, you may want to call in advance to check the hours of a particular business.

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