Visitors flock to City Park for Independence Day

PARKERSBURG – The rain didn’t flood City park Thursday, but hundreds of visitors did for the annual July Fourth celebration there.

Children of all ages and adults roamed the park as Mother Nature presented those lucky enough to see it with a rainbow. The rainbow attracted many thrill-seekers and fair food eaters to snap a picture on their smart phones for a new meaning to a picture perfect holiday.

The fireworks were canceled for Thursday night and rescheduled for 10 p.m. today because of the weather.

Carnival and pony rides were just a few attractions eager residents were entertained by to kick-off the holiday festivities.

Jody Ashley of Parkersburg said she has lived in the area her entire life and decided also to venture this year to the Washington County Fairgrounds for July 4. She and her daughters, ages 3 and 8, were back in Parkersburg for the rides at the carnival at City Park.

“They did the slides,” she said of her children. “They don’t usually do the rides.”

Miranda Farmer of Calhoun County came to Parkersburg to visit her grandmother and family. She was roaming around the park to check out the sales while her grandmother was showing her 8-year old cousin around the park.

“I like to shop,” she said. “I think we’re going to the demolition derby and fireworks later.”

Stacy Lynch of Davisville brought her sons Caleb and Caden to enjoy the rides Thursday night.

“They’re riding rides and we’re staying for the fireworks,” Lynch said. “We just got here and they seem to be having fun already.”

She said they were tickled to death to get out of the house from some Fourth of July fun. The boys were planning to take advantage of the fair food and grab some cotton candy, Lynch said.

Victoria Korzep of Parkersburg said she and her son, Trenton Salyers, 3, were enjoying their holiday weekend by kicking it off with a visit to City Park. She said Trenton was too young for the rides, but did enjoy the train ride.

He was lucky enough to be the only rider around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

By the time he was done with the train Trenton decided he might try other rides and ventured over to another while his mom and a friend watched.