Martha Bladen's Liberty Stamp Quilt
Martha Bladen's Liberty Stamp Quilt
Vevay plans to celebrate the nation's independence with a "Red, White and Blues" event with music and free carriage rides during the July First Friday celebrations.

Continuing on with commemoration of Switzerland County's bicentennial this year, the July event will honor the age-old traditions of celebrating the country's independence in Vevay.

According to historical articles from the early 1900s, Vevay Fourth of July celebrations were well-attended by area residents.

"The Swiss all met in a certain grove," Julia Knox wrote in a 1915 article. "The Declaration of Independence was read; a Fourth of July oration was delivered by one of the leading men and then followed a barbeque and dancing which continued until sunset."

Live music during July's First Friday will include bluegrass performances by Greg Griffin and Friends on the north side of Main Street by Swincher Law Office, blues by Dan Barton on Ferry Street near MainSource Bank and classic rock by Jamie Royce and Claude Reece, known as R&R, on Ferry Street between the American Legion and the Community Art Center.

The Switzerland County Visitors Center also plans to showcase the reuse creations of Switzerland County resident Martha Bladen. She plans to display "postage stamp quilts," with red, white and blue color schemes.

The design features hundreds of stamps as the fabric of the quilts. Her display will be shown at the visitors center, 128 W. Main St., through the end of July.

Bladen also plans to have face painting for youth set up during the First Friday activities from 6 to 9 p.m. at the visitors center. Children may chose their selection from samples that incorporate red, white and blue colors for the July Fourth holiday.

Carriage rides will be available throughout the downtown area, weather permitting. Visitors are asked to board near the Switzerland County Courthouse.

Downtown Vevay businesses also plan to host extended hours and special entertainment during First Friday events from 6 to 9 p.m.