WEIRTON - The Ohio Valley is gearing up to celebrate the birth of the nation and the Wheeling Symphony is helping the city of Weirton kick things off with a free concert.
The Wheeling Symphony is set to return to the city on July 3 with a free, live performance for area residents. The event is made possible each year through the efforts of the Weirton Community Foundation, the City of Weirton, and other sponsors.
This year's event is set to begin at 7 p.m. at the Weirton Event Center. There is no charge to attend the event, which is open to the public, although organizers have said donations are welcome.
"This is the 21st year for this event and it always amazes me how the community comes together to support it," said Dan Wilson, Weirton Community Foundation president.
Wilson said it takes major independent sponsors to help bring the Wheeling Symphony to Weirton for this performance. He said Weirton City Council approved a $5,000 contribution toward the total cost, and many other local residents and businesses have contributed as well.
In past years, Wilson said the attendance has been a little disappointing but weather plays an important role and the location has changed once again. He said the Weirton Event Center is a central location and the perfect place to host the event.
"The value of what it would cost for an individual to go see the symphony is well worth attending this free concert and I hope many local residents come out to see this amazing performance," he said.
Those planning to attend the concert are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
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