On Friday, July 3rd, Morehead celebrated our nation’s independence with Freedom Fest in downtown. Although Mother Nature provided a day-long challenge to the festivities, ultimately, the events and all the folks that came out won the day.
The day began with the 2nd Annual Al Baldwin Memorial 5K Run/Walk sponsored and administered by the 2015 Governors Scholar Program at MSU. With over 300 participants in the 5K, it was the largest turnout in the race’s brief history.
The 5K was followed by the 2nd Annual 4th of July Parade presented by the students from the Governor’s Scholars Program. The students provided patriotic walking “floats” representing their various fields of study. Gravity Falls Motorsports provided several classic cars for the parade. Several local politicians, first responders, community businesses and individuals also provided floats and vehicles for the parade.
Following the parade, there was live music on the Moonlight Stage on First Street. The Sinners and Saints Band and local singer/songwriter Elizabeth Bowman entertained the large crowd as they awaited the fireworks display.
Thunder Over Triplett, the first ever fireworks display held in downtown Morehead, was, by many accounts, one of the best displays in recent memory. Through a partnership with WKCA and WIVY, the fireworks were choreographed to the music simulcast by the radio stations.
Though no true head count was available or even feasible, it is estimated that between five and seven thousand people came to the downtown area that day to take part in the festivities and watch the fireworks.
This wonderful family friendly community event couldn’t have been made possible without all of the sponsors and many volunteers that worked so hard to ensure a good time for all. We want to especially recognize Morehead Tourism, City of Morehead, Downtown Morehead, Inc., Morehead Chamber of Commerce, Morehead State University and the 2015 Governors Scholars Program, WIVY and WKCA, R. L. Caudill Construction and all of the volunteers on the Freedom Fest Committee.
It is our hope and goal to make next year’s event even bigger and better.