Always a free event, last year’s Red, White & Oooh! display drew nearly 7,000 spectators under the direction of the Hopkinsville Division of Parks and Recreation. Community fireworks had been presented for years as part of the West Kentucky State Fair. The fireworks were shot from Ruff Park last year. The staging area for this year’s fireworks has been relocated to just east of the Christian County High School softball field.
With the fireworks ignition spot behind the high school, spectators will still have multiple excellent viewing areas, including Hopkinsville Community College (be aware of construction areas), Ruff Park, Brickyard Plaza Shopping Center, and Christian County Middle School. A restricted fallout zone will be cordoned off behind CCHS and at HCC. Patrons are asked to cooperate with security and observe barricades in those areas.
Country music up-and-comer Raleigh Keegan will take the stage with his band for a free Hoppers pre-game concert from 4-6 pm. The Lexington native will be performing in festival seating atmosphere adjacent to Colonel Field at Christian County High School. Food trucks will also be on hand for the pre-game show. Keegan has been recording in Nashville and has released an EP project One of These Days that features the single Lookin’ Like That.
The Hoppers are offering $1 game admission on a quest to break the club’s all-time attendance record (787) set last Independence Day. Hoppers management requests everyone who comes to the pre-game concert, or the game, pass through the admission area for official attendance numbers. Additional bleacher seating is being brought in for the six o’clock contest against the Muhlenburg County Stallions.
The Hoppers are currently on top in the Ohio Valley League’s West Division, seeking to repeat last year’s divisional title and improve from their overall runner-up finish.
Independence Day festivities are sponsored by the City of Hopkinsville, the Division of Parks and Recreation, and WKDZ/WHVO radio. Patriotic music will be broadcast on WKDZ and WHVO during the Red, White & Oooh! fireworks.
For additional information, contact Parks and Recreation at 270-887-4290.