The Richmond Parks Department is looking forward to a celebration.
Last year, their department had to initiate significant alterations to presenting the annual Fourth of July Celebration due to COVID-19.
However, this year, while the event will still be modified for safety, fireworks will be shot off at 10 p.m., and live music performances will once again take the stage as the event makes gains towards normalcy.
According to a press release sent from the department, three bands will play between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, 2021.
Two of the three groups are local performers with extensive experience in the area, and the final band hails from Texas and will be visiting Richmond before they kick off their tour of the Western U.S.
"The Department is thrilled to have all three performers, and they are guaranteed to put on a show you won’t forget," the release said.
Being able to return to a live concert for the Fourth of July celebration has been a culmination of patience and dedication on the part of the city of Richmond and the Parks Department.
Erin Moore, parks administration director, stated, “Even though the changes we had to implement last year were necessary for everyone’s safety and health, we were still saddened to not be able to produce the large event our community has grown accustomed to. So, with the pandemic beginning to recede and restrictions being slowly lifted, it is exciting to bring back something so beloved by our city. We are welcoming back everyone to enjoy this fun party, but we will still be following any guidelines issued by the Governor’s office or the federal government.”
The headliner for the evening is the Powell Brothers from McAllen, TX. The Powell Brothers are an American Country duo fronted by brothers Taylor Powell (lead vocals, guitar, bass) and Blake Powell (vocals, bass, guitar). Their unique blend of genres, thoughtful lyrics, and superb musicianship have garnered a vast and diverse following. They will take the stage at 8:15 p.m. and play right up until the fireworks begin.
The two opening acts for the evening both can hold their own, though, the release said. The first band to play will be Vintage Voodoo, when they take the stage at 5:00 p.m., bringing their own unique style featuring some of the finest Southern Rock around. Vintage Voodoo will be performing until 5:45 p.m.
The middle act for the evening is Nightshade & Co, who has played for years in Central Kentucky as "one the best cover bands." Their Rock and Country style will bring a vibrant and engaging energy to Richmond’s biggest annual party. Nightshade & Co. will be performing from 6 p.m. until 7:45 p.m.
Nic Cassetta, one of NightshadE's members, said the duo is very excited to perform.
"It's been something we've wanted to be part of for a while," he told The Register. We are looking forward to being a part of our community history once again and performing for one of our hometown's biggest occasions! It's humbling and honoring."
• Bids for the new dog park to be relocated at Lake Reba will be opened next Tuesday’s commission meeting. With equipment backlogged for order, it is expected the park could be opened around July.
• Adult softball organized by the parks department is looking for umpires to call games. Those interested can contact the parks department.
• Tasty Tuesday will be featuring more live music at upcoming events. However, in June, the event will either be put on pause or relocated due to construction taking place at Irvine McDowell home, where the event is hosted.
• Camp counselors are needed for the Richmond Parks Summer Camp program. For those interested, contact the parks department.
• Dive-in movies will resume on June 4 with a showing of Pirates of the Caribbean beginning at 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required.
• The Fishing Derby at Lake Reba will take place June 5 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The next Richmond Parks Board meeting will be held on the first Tuesday in June at noon. The meetings are hosted at the Betty Miller Building at 325 N. Estill Avenue.