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Mt. Pleasant, Connellsville to get jump on Fourth festivities

| Saturday, June 28, 2014, 3:53 p.m.

The July Fourth holiday marks the middle of summer and communities in the Fay-West area are gearing up for some festive fun a day in advance to make the holiday an even longer celebration in observance of Independence Day.

Mt. Pleasant and Connellsville will be hosting their holiday events on Thursday, offering a variety of activities and events for families to enjoy at low or no cost.

Mt. Pleasant will be celebrating its “Party in the Park” at the gazebo area adjacent to Veterans' Park off Diamond Street in the borough.

Now in its fifth year, the event will feature games, food and music.

“This is our biggest summer event next to the fireman's fair,” Mt. Pleasant borough manager Jeff Landy said. “We started this about five years ago as another way for families to enjoy an event in Mt. Pleasant, and it has grown steadily every year since.”

The event will kick off with games and food vendors. Additional vendors and displays will be set up around the gazebo prior to the band, Switch, which begins at 7 p.m.

The band is scheduled to play until 10:15.

“We have Switch, which is a really popular band,” Landy said. “It's easy for us to get a couple hundred people come.”

The evening will conclude with a large fireworks display after the band's performance.

“I really want to thank the businesses in the area who really stepped up for us this year and helped to cover the fireworks,” Landy said.

Landy hopes for another banner year as people from the town and families from neighboring towns come to enjoy the evening.

“We had a lot of people from out of town last year, and I was really surprised,” Landy said. “I know that people from Mt. Pleasant really look forward to this every year, and it's always nice to see the word spreading that we host a nice event.”

The Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce will host fireworks and music on Thursday in front of City Hall.

“People are going to start setting up at 5, then I hope to have everything ready to go around 5:30, 6,” Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce president Dennis Martin said. “This event is a longstanding tradition in the city and one that I think a lot of people look forward to every year.”

The event will feature music, and the Chamber of Commence will host a food tent where they will sell hot dogs, fried dough, popcorn and cotton candy.

Local businesses sponsored the large fireworks display that will begin at dusk and a sponsor platform will be on-site, thanking all those who donated to make the event possible.

“This is a nice way for the chamber of commerce and its members to help out and to provide something really nice for people to do and a fun way to enjoy the Fourth of July,” Martin said.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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