Pikeville celebrates Independence Day with unexpected community turnout

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The City of Pikeville celebrated Independence Day with what organizers said was a large turnout.

The city park, Billy Johnson Stage, and Main Street were all full of inflatables, food, and music, as community members poured into the area.

From regular inflatables to water inflatables, Director of Tourism Jimmy Taylor said the night was a success for the kids. With the live music and local businesses involved, he says adults were satisfied as well.

"I think we've got about 5,000 or 6,000 people here in downtown," Taylor said. "We weren't expecting this many people. We're pleased with the turnout. It's great."

He said the Pikeville VFW, Pepsi, the city commission, the Pikeville Fire Department and Mayor Jimmy Carter are just some of the many people and organizations that made the night possible.

The event was a precursor to the fireworks show Thursday night.

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