Celebrations planned for West Virginia Day

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Update: 6/20/2019

Blennerhassett Historical Park Superintendent Miles Evenson says the West Virginia Birthday Celebrations will be held at the Blennerhassett Museum instead of at the island, due to high water.

Superintendent Evenson adds the island is closed today, and there will be no sternwheel excursions to and from the island.


Thursday is West Virginia Day and there are celebrations planned all over the state, including in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

West Virginia officially became a state on June 20, 1863.

In honor of the state’s birthday, you can head over to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park for some fun activities. The park is having a first person portrayal of Mark Twain at 1:30 p.m. They’re serving cake and ice cream at 12:30 p.m.

“West Virginia Day is important because it was the day West Virginia became a state. I hope that people come out and enjoy the island and enjoy the West Virginia Day festivities,” said Miles Evenson, the park’s superintendent.

You can buy boat tickets to the island at the Blennerhassett Museum.

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