By Mary Joyce

NEPA marks Independence Day with fireworks, music and more

It’s easy to find patriotic celebrations wherever you plan to celebrate this Fourth of July in Northeast Pennsylvania, from simple fireworks displays to live concerts to full-blown festivals with food and fun.
The most notable change among the area’s traditional bashes is the addition of the Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony to downtown Scranton’s Scrantastic Spectacular in place of Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.
The Williamsport-based ensemble consists of 45 professional musicians from across the country under the artistic direction of Lance C. Ohnmeiss. The symphony will perform some of John Philip Sousa’s most recognizable marches plus a patriotic selection of classic American songs. Its production will include singers, soloists, flags and a salute to the armed forces.

Friday, June 29
Food, beverages and children’s games will be among the offerings at June Fest, Ritz Tech, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Peckville, where fireworks will start at dusk. The rain date is Sunday, July 1.

Friday, June 30
Enjoy food, games and fireworks during Nanticoke’s fifth annual Big Bang from 4 to 10 p.m. at Greater Nanticoke Area High School football field, 425 Koscuszko St.
Bring along beach chairs or blankets and celebrate the season at Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company’s fireworks display at dusk on the shores of Lake Ariel. The rain date is Sunday, July 1.

Monday, July 2
Celebrate the holiday at Central Park, Church Street, Honesdale, at the Wayne County Creative Arts Council Independence Day Celebration. Free live music will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the fireworks display will follow at approximately 8. There will be bounce houses and other activities for children as well as craft and food vendors.
Enjoy patriotic hymns and sing along at the Celebrate America Concert at 7 p.m. in St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 35 William St., Pittston. A community choir will perform at the concert, which the Pennsylvania Northeast chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present. Veterans will be recognized during the concert.

Tuesday, July 3
The Scrantastic Spectacular will take place on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Scranton. Plenty of food vendors and other entertainment will open at 4 p.m., and live music from Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony will begin at 7. At dusk, the a fireworks display choreographed to music will kick off.
The Rotary Club of the Abingtons will host its annual fireworks display at Abington Heights Middle School, 1555 Newton Ransom Blvd., Newton Twp. Food and amusement vendors will open their stands at 5 p.m., and the fireworks will begin at dusk. Parking in designated lots will cost $5.
Head to Tunkhannock High School athletic field, 135 Tiger Drive, for Tunhannock Rotary Club’s fireworks display. Gates open at 6 p.m., and band Popstar Drive will play from 7 p.m. until dark. The fireworks display will begin at dusk after the band wraps up.
Finally, Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono, will celebrate with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, July 4
Take the celebration to the streets at the Mountain Top on the Move Parade from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., ending with a ceremony at Wright Twp. Municipal Park, Park Road. Plenty of local organizations will provide refreshments and other displays.
Start your Independence Day morning with a free patriotic concert from the Ringgold Pops at 10:30 a.m. at Nay Aug Park, 500 Arthur Ave., Scranton.
Enjoy a day-long blowout with food vendors, games and rides at the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July from noon to 10 p.m. at Kirby Park, 301 Northampton St., Kingston. A fireworks display will begin at dusk.
Throughout July and August, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders post-game fireworks displays take place at PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic. On July 4, the RailRiders will play the Buffalo Bisons at 7:05 p.m., and the fireworks display will begin directly after the game. Tickets range from $10 to $14.
Kalahari Water Park and Resort, 250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor, will host a special celebration this year, “Dreams: Symphony in the Sky” fireworks display. The display will begin at dusk and can be viewed from the water park. Day passes for admission to the water park cost $109, while passes for after 5 p.m. cost $89.
Over the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack at Wallenpaupack High School, 2552 Route 6, Palmyra Twp., guests can view Lake Wallenpaupack’s fireworks starting at 9:15 p.m. Seating and parking will be available at the high school. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted. The rain date is Thursday, July 5.

Saturday, July 7
Check out the Minisink Lions of North Pocono Fireworks Extravaganza at North Pocono’s football stadium, Route 690, Moscow. Gates open at 6 p.m., and guests can find plenty of food, refreshments and entertainment for all ages. Live music from the Poets will begin at 7 p.m., and the fireworks display will begin at dusk. Admission is free, and donations for the Lions Club will be accepted. The rain date is Sunday, July 8.
Celebrate at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park, 101 E. 10th St., at the Stay at Home Festival & Fireworks from noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live local bands, face painting, amusement rides and free kids games featuring a pie-eating contest, potato sack race and more.
Take in a fireworks display over the waters of Lake Harmony at the Independence Day Fireworks at Split Rock Resort, 428 Moseywood Road, Lake Harmony. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. The rain date is July 8.