Greater Parkersburg
Activities Before & After July 4th in Greater PKB

Activities Before & After July 4th in Greater PKB

Independence Day Weekend offers a plethora of activities in the Greater Parkersburg area. From outdoor music concerts and river cruises to hiking, biking, and kayaking, there is something for everyone!

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors at North Bend State Park. Celebrate Independence Day Weekend June 30-July 4! The park will be buzzing with activity. Hike on one of the many unique trails in the park or participate in one of the nature programs. Call 304-643-2931 for reservations or more information.


The Castle, located in Marietta, Ohio, will host a unique tour of Marietta’s most historic cemetery - Mound Cemetery. Join the tour on Saturday, June 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to hear the stories of Marietta's Revolutionary War soldiers. Tour begins at Mound Cemetery located at Fifth & Scammel Streets, Marietta. Admission: $5 per person.


Independence Day will be booming with family fun on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. On Wednesday, July 4, observe the nation’s 242nd birthday with the Ringing of the Bell ceremony. Blennerhassett Island honors the sacrifices made by our forefathers during the War for Independence and the continuing efforts made by our country's men and women today for our liberty. The bell will be rung at 2 p.m. 13 times to signify the 13 American colonies.

There is no fee to participate. Note: participants should ride the 1 p.m. boat to the island to ensure they arrive on time for the bell ringing. Boat tickets are sold at the Blennerhassett Museum located at 137 Juliana Street in downtown Parkersburg, WV. 


Enjoy a relaxing ride aboard the Island Belle sternwheeler and a delicious meal while paddling down the Ohio River. Complete your evening by attending the downtown Parkersburg Point Park Music Series Concert on July 6 after dinner. Reservations are required. 


End the holiday week at the Point Park Music Series in downtown Parkersburg. Vegas McGraw, a tribute to country singer Tim McGraw, takes the stage for the second performance of the season on Friday, July 6 at the Point Park amphitheater along the Ohio River. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free.