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June 30, 2014

Red, White and Boom set for Friday

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

Independence Day celebrations in Laurel County will begin Saturday with The London Community Orchestra’s 14th annual Patriotic Concert. The annual event will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at London First Baptist Church and will pay a musical tribute to all the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and will feature other patriotic selections such as “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” “American Salute” and “Spirit of America.”

“The annual concert is always a special event for performers and audience members,” said Orchestra Conductor Jack Walker.  “Approximately 70 instrumentalists from Laurel County, Southern and Eastern Kentucky will perform a variety of songs that will appeal to all ages.

There is no admission charge for the concert and everyone is invited to attend.

Continuing the celebration, London’s “Red, White and Boom” Independence Day celebration will be held this year on Friday, July 4, at College park near Somerset Community College and the Laurel County Public Library.

“We always celebrate Independence Day the week before, but this year the fourth of July fell on a Friday so we’re going to celebrate it on the actual day this year,” said Mayor Troy Rudder.  “We’re really looking forward to having the opportunity to celebrate the fourth on the actual fourth of July this year.  We don’t get the chance to do that very often.”

This year’s celebration will begin at 4 p.m., and will feature live music, new entertainment and several activities for the kids.

“We try to add something new every year,” said event coordinator Sharon Benge.  “This year we’re going to have a stilt walker, possibly a zipline and we’re still looking for other attractions.”

According to Benge familiar activities like games, karaoke, a petting zoo, the trackless train, inflatables, a face art booth and a T-shirt giveaway will return and 70’s throwback band Body and Soul and local band Kites will be providing the musical entertainment.

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