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Thousands of People Expected in Wheeling for W.Va.'s 150th Celebration

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Wheeling is working on finalizing plans for West Virginia's birthday.

Officials in Wheeling held their last planning meeting Tuesday for all the events scheduled for this week. The city has been working closely with police to make sure the events run smoothly tomorrow and Thursday.

Around 15,000 people are expected to attend the concert and fireworks at Heritage Port on Thursday.

For the only the second time in the state's history, legislatures will be holding their monthly meeting committee meeting during the celebration.

From Wednesday through Friday, legislators will be all over the Wheeling area. Meetings will be held at Independence Hall along with visits to West Virginia Northern Community College, Catholic Charities and Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville.

You may even see some of the zipping through Grand Vue Park as they offer up rides while they visit.

Another special addition to West Virginia's 150th birthday celebration is a nod to the state's previous big birthday celebration. President John F. Kennedy spoke in Charleston in 1963 for the state's Centennial celebration,  delivering the now-famous line, "The sun does not always shine in West Virginia, but the people do."

His nephew, Mark Kennedy Shriver with Save the Children, will speak Thursday. He says he's excited to be in the Friendly City for the celebration.