Fourth of July celebrated in Salem (West Virginia) with live music, family activities

Live music, food and more greeted residents and visitors Saturday as they came to enjoy Celebrate Salem Fourth of July festivities at Salem Depot Park.

Mayor Bobby Samples credited musician Perry Cain with organizing the event.

“I’m very grateful to him and for all of the musicians that have come with him,” Samples said. “I think it’s very important that we remember our heritage as to who we are and where we came from, as well as the sacrifices made for the freedoms we enjoy. That should never be taken for granted.”

Cain sang the national anthem for Saturday’s festivities. He also played classic rock and patriotic music — solo, and with the Southside Symphony.

Cain said the Southside Symphony originated back in the 1970s, but he was looking for an outlet to reunite.

“This started out as a little concert at someone’s house, a jam session, but I was driving through the town and thought, ‘This place has changed. I’m going to do something for this town, stir things up a little bit.’ I hope I can come back often and do more things like this.”

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