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Mon Valley marks Fourth with frenzy

| Thursday, June 28, 2012, 9:07 p.m.

The Mon Valley will celebrate the Fourth of July in grand style with patriotic events featuring everything from fireworks to petting zoos. Here's a look at the holiday celebrations:

Bentleyville

The Bentleyville Recreation Board is hosting a “Stars and Stripes in Park” celebration on July 7.

The event will be held at Richardson Park on Frye Avenue. The festivities begin at noon with fireworks at dusk.

The concession stands will open at noon. There also will be crafters booths.

A firecracker pageant will be held at 1:30 p.m. Face painting and a balloon artist will be from 4 to 6 p.m.

The “Wild World Animal Show,” is from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a petting zoo and pony rides from 7 to 8 p.m. A bicycle and big wheels drawing will be at 8 p.m. The winner must be present to win. A gift auction will be at 8 p.m.

Details: 724-239-2112, or the Bentleyville Recreation Board's Facebook page.

Charleroi

The borough of Charleroi will hold its annual “Community Day and Fireworks” on July 7.

The daylong event will begin at noon and last until 10 p.m.

The festivities include a car cruise and barbecue hosted by the Charleroi Volunteer Fire Department in the chamber plaza from 2 p.m. until the fireworks start.

Magic City Square will host a “Regional Police Celebration” from noon to 3 p.m. for residents to get more information about the newly formed police department, which comprises the communities of Charleroi, Speers, North Charleroi and Twilight.

A patriotic bicycle parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the chamber plaza lot.

White Rose Karaoke will take the stage from 5 to 8 p.m. at Magic City Square.

The Market House on McKean Avenue will have entertainment from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Some of the early evening entertainers will be the Hobbs Sisters and Greg Capozzi.

Food booths also will be at the Market House.

The fireworks will begin at approximately 8:45 p.m., followed by a beach party at Magic City Square with DJ Jerry until 10 p.m.

Details: 724-483-6011, or go to charleroiboro.org.

Monongahela

The annual Monongahela Fourth of July celebration will be at the Noble J. Dick Aquatorium. Hosted by the Monongahela Chamber of Commerce, the festivities will be from 5 to 11 p.m.

This year's musical entertainment includes:

Runway: 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Lowliners: 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.

Josie McQueen: 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Six Gun Sally: 7:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Danielle Barbe: 8:45 to 9:45 p.m.

The fireworks will begin after the concerts.

The celebration will also feature food vendors and other activities. The rain date is July 5.

Details: 724-258-5919, or monongahelaareachamber.org

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at swolford@tribweb.com or 724-684-2640

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