Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

June 27, 2013

Louisa sets Fourth of July events

Tim Preston
The Independent

LOUISA — A big parade, homegrown bluegrass and fireworks in the sky will entertain people in downtown Louisa during the city’s annual Forth of July celebration.

Jim Burchett, a Lawrence County musician and Louisa business owner who is one of the event’s organizers, said the parade will begin at 2 p.m. after a lineup at the traditional gathering spots in the Louisa Plaza, and will follow the usual route through town.

The celebration continues with an hour of open mic/open stage time welcoming any musicians or performers who want to take a turn before bands begin to play at 4 p.m. Burchett said the professional musicians will take the stage at 4 p.m., with the bluegrass-gospel band, Providence, as the first to perform. Providence will be followed by the Louisa-based bluegrass band Hammertowne “around 5 o’clock,” said Burchett, who will himself join the Tommy Webb Band for the next set on the stage in Louisa City Park. The evening’s musical performances will wrap up with Don Rigsby and Midnight Call, followed by headliner Larry Cordle leading up to the fireworks at 10 p.m.

Burchett said the July 4 holiday celebration is again gaining favor in Louisa, where Independence Day celebrations were once a major event.

“It used to be years ago, you know? But, there was not much happening until we started again three years ago. It’s growing. it’s coming back,” he said, recalling a time “when coming to town on the fourth of July was a big deal.” Burchett chuckled as he remembered playing alongside an equally youthful Ricky Skaggs “in front of courthouse when we was small boys.”

The celebration in downtown Louisa will include inflatables for kids near the stage area, Burchett said, as well as concessions. Organizers encourage people to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets, and Burchett offered a reminder that dogs are not allowed in the park. Music and other events are provided by support from sponsoring businesses, as well as the local tourism board and Lawrence County Fiscal Court, Burchett said, adding the city of Louisa provides the fireworks.

For more information about July 4 events in Louisa, call (606) 638-4038.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.