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Oglebay’s 4th of July celebration makes return, ending the night with firework show


Wheeling, WV (WTRF)- The 4th of July is going back to the way we remember it!

The biggest Independence Day celebration in Ohio County is back.

The 4th of July at Oglebay is making a big return for 2021.

Just as you remember it, it’s a fun-packed weekend with nothing but people, fireworks, and a lot of excitement. It’s a big difference from last year’s after Oglebay’s 4th celebrations, like most, just didn’t happen. But it was well-worth the wait.

“It just feels so nice to be in nature, and also, just feel safe again now that we know majority of the people have been vaccinated. Life has been going on again, which is exciting.”

Stephanie Wignall, from Florida

“All the restrictions that have been lifted… It really seems like a celebration of freedom.”

Rich Yester

And for many, celebrating the 4th here is a whole new experience.

“This is my first time.”

Stephanie Wignall, from Florida

“Me too.”

Sally Quiu, from New York

“This is the first time for me.”

Sadie Mayo

Anywhere you go, out-of-towners or locals, they’re not letting another 4th of July pass by without celebrating. Of course, lots are soaking it up in the sun with all things Oglebay’s known for: paddle boats, kayaks, mini golfing, the aerial adventure course, and swimming.

But many of the celebrations didn’t really kick off until today.

There were inflatables for the kids, a foam party, and live music in the evenings.

And it sounds like there’s one thing everyone agrees is a must-see Saturday night!

“We’re gonna see fireworks tonight.”

Stephanie Wignall, from Florida

“We’re gonna watch fireworks later.”

Rich Yester

But the real meaning behind the 4th of July really hits home for some people.

“My dad was in the military, so all patriotic holidays are very special to me. I just feel like it’s a way to celebration, especially our independence.”

Stephanie Wignall, from Florida

If you’d like to see Oglebay’s fireworks light up the sky tonight, maybe grab a spot near Schenk Lake. Fireworks shoot off at dusk.

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