West Virginia: Ripley July 4 Celebration
Photo: Jackson County Courthouse Tower (Photo via Richie Diesterheft / flickr)
Ripley, population 3,250, puts on a show for the nation's birthday. The town, known as "USA's Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration," hosts the oldest parade in the state, dating back to the late 1800s. The celebration is day-long, with a carnival, tons of food, live musical acts, and fireworks to cap it all off.