Area offices, businesses closed; trash pickups modified

Fireworks, picnics, social gatherings and flag waving will take place in Mingo County next week as activities are planned throughout the Independence Day weekend. However, many of those events will be modified from previous years in order to comply with COVID-19 precautions. All governmental offices and many private sector offices and businesses will be closed as well to allow employees time to celebrate.

Activities

The largest event in the region, The City of Logan’s West Virginia Freedom Festival, will be held July 1-4 in downtown Logan. Several events are planned for the festival including the “Straight Outta Quarantine Block Party Blowout” on Wednesday, July 1 – the first day the state of West Virginia is allowing fairs and festivals to open – which will honor graduates of the class of 2020; Double Vision — The Foreigner Experience concert on Friday, July 3, and Departure: The Journey Tribute Band concert on Saturday, July 4.

Thunder in the Valley will be held on Friday, July 3. 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 towns of Delbarton, Kermit and Matewan will also have community celebrations on Saturday, July 4. Matewan will have a street festival with live music, artisans and other vendors on Mate Street. Kermit will have fireworks at dark but other usual activities have been cancelled. The town of Delbarton is still fine tuning its event which will definitely include fireworks. Normally, the Delbarton event features a communitywide picnic that begins in the early evening. However, this year details have not been finalized as event planners are still trying to find a way to provide free food to those attending. The event will be held later in the evening closer to dark.

Closings

Independence Day 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 Friday, July 3. Along with the county, the cities of Delbarton, Gilbert, Kermit, and Williamson will also be closed. The offices of the town of Matewan will be open under normal operating hours.

All state and federal offices will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with offices being closed on Friday, July 3.

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

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

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 Saturday and will reopen on Monday.

Garbage customers in the city of Williamson will see Veolia Water servicing Friday customers on Thursday, July 2, with normal routes resuming on Monday. All other daily pickups will follow the normal schedule.

Many private businesses and offices will also have modified hours for the Fourth of July weekend. 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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