Celebration wise, it will be a fractured 4th of July weekend in the Jackson/Vinton County area. Due to the COVID-19 situation, many, but not all activities have been canceled. The highlights will be fireworks displays in both Wellston and Oak Hill on Saturday night, July 4.

Here’s a breakdown on what’s happening -- or not happening -- in each locale.

Oak Hill – The Oak Hill Athletic Boosters recently announced they will conduct a limited version of their long-standing 4th of July Celebration, which usually takes place over a period of several days. There will be a parade on Friday, July 3, at 6 p.m. with the launching point being the old high school bus parking lot on Western Avenue.

The Boosters’ famous Fish Booth will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 3, and from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. The booth is located next to the old baseball field at the old high school site. (See Page A4 for separate story.)

Also, the fireworks display is set for 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. The Athletic Boosters are asking for the public’s financial support to help pay for fireworks through financial donations and patronage of the Fish Booth. (See Page A4 for separate story.)

Wellston – The Wellston Main Street organization recently announced that except for the fireworks display, all of the Celebration of Our Nation activities set for Saturday, July 4, had been canceled. The fireworks display will be fired sometime after 9:45 p.m. and organizers are preaching the importance of spectators not congregating in large groups to achieve social distancing. (See Page A4 for separate story.)

In conjunction with the 4th of July holiday weekend, the Wellston Lions Club Veal and Fish Booth will be open Friday, July 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, July 4, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and also from 4 to 9 p.m. The menu will include veal and fish sandwiches, home-cut fries and Gem beverages. The booth will be stationed off Pennsylvania Avenue, across from Wellston Giovanni's on the Dollar Tree side of the street. The club uses the proceeds to support community projects.

Jackson – All organized 4th of July activities in Jackson have been canceled for this year with those decisions being made in mid-May. Normally, the Jackson Firefighters Association organizes a fireworks display held on the evening of July 3 as well as other pre-fireworks activities in Manpower Park.

Also, the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce has canceled its Jackson Community Independence Day Parade normally held on the evening of July 3, as well as its Freedom Fest 5K Run/Walk, which is always conducted on the morning of July 4.

However, the Farmer-Sportsman Club will operate its food booth in Jackson during the period of Monday, June 29, through Friday, July 3, and will open at 11 a.m. each day. Its booth is located on Veterans Drive, just east of the Harding Avenue intersection.

Vinton County – The Vinton County Athletic Boosters group announced it was canceling its annual 4th of July Celebration due to the COVID-19 situation and related impacts. The multi-event normally includes a parade, royalty contests and other activities. This announcement did not include the fireworks display as a different organization, the Vinton County Joint Community Coalition, organizes this project. However, it was announced late last week that the fireworks display was canceled as well.

WilkesvilleOrganizers have announced that the annual 4th of July Parade in Wilkesville, which is normally held on the morning of July 4, had been canceled for this year.