4th of July fireworks will light skies over Mon Valley
Mon Valley communities will be breaking out the red, white and blue — and everything from fireworks to a bicycle parade — to celebrate Independence Day.
Charleroi will celebrate one day early with a Community Day and Fireworks on July 3.
A full slate of events will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The fun will begin with a kids' fishing clinic at the observation deck of Trustees Park along the Monongahela River from 11 a.m. to noon.
There will be food and game booths in the Chamber Plaza Building parking lot from noon to 10 p.m.
A fishing contest will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Trustees Park-Riverside.
Children's games and activities at the Market House will be offered from noon to 8 p.m.
Entertainment in Magic City Square includes John Sarkis appearing from noon to 1 p.m. and Tyler Brewer from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
A duck race to benefit the John K. Tener Library will begin at 3 p.m. with the finish line at Trustees Park.
The Hooligan Brothers Band will perform from 3 to 5 p.m.
There will be a car cruise at the chamber lot from 5 to 9 p.m.
Local dance groups will perform from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in Magic City Square.
A first responders and patriotic bicycle parade will be held from 7 to 7:45 p.m.
The highlight of the night will be the annual fireworks.
The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 42nd annual Fourth of July Firework Celebration at the Monongahela Aquatorium. The rain date is July 6.
Disc jockey Bill Lemon will provide music, beginning at 6 p.m.
Food will be available from various vendors.
The fireworks display will begin promptly at 9:45 p.m. Dorothea Pemberton, executive director of the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce, said donations can be made to chamber at 212 W. Main St., Monongahela, Pa. 15063.
“There is nothing more American than enjoying fireworks on Independence Day,” she said. “So bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family, and come on down to the banks of the Mon to enjoy this favorite Valley-wide tradition.”
The Greater Brownsville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Independence Day fireworks at Patsy Hillman Park in Luzerne Township.
The July 3 celebration evening begins at 4:45 p.m. with the raising of the American flag by local Scout troops.
After the flag-raising ceremony, more than three hours of musical entertainment will get underway at Hillman Pavilion.
Brownsville Area High School students who appeared in Brownsville Rotary Club's “Stars on Stage” talent show will lead off the show.
Next on stage will be the Mon Valley Community Band, who will entertain the crowd with patriotic tunes and popular marches until dusk.
For the finale, 25 minutes of continuous fireworks will light the skies.
Each year, more than 2,000 people attend the free community event at the 467-acre park at 100 Hillman Park Drive.
To help cover the $4,000 cost, the chamber sponsors fundraisers throughout the year and accepts donations at the gate on the night of the show.
The pyrotechnics display will be produced by Keystone Fireworks & Specialty Sales Co. Inc. of Dunbar.
Park amenities include pavilions, picnic tables, playground and interior roads ideal for walking and jogging. The park's new handicapped-accessible restrooms will be completed in time for the event.
“Our Independence Day Fireworks have been well-received by the community,” said Frank Ricco, chamber president. “It is a celebration of America, but it is geared toward the children. They love fireworks.”
The chamber will provide free face painting and a candy scramble for youngsters.
The Rotary will host its popular bounce house. Rotarians will be selling patriotic trinkets to raise funds to support community programs.
Brownsville-Luzerne Park board members and volunteers will operate the concession stand.
Traffic control will be handled by Brownsville Fire Co. 1, South Brownsville Fire Co. 1, West Brownsville and Hiller volunteer firefighters.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.