Let Freedom Ring!
Fourth of July brings back memories of backyard barbecues, sparklers and nights under the stars. It’s a time to celebrate the height of summer with friends and family. But beyond the cookouts and pool parties, it’s a day to honor the stars and stripes. NEPA is holding tons of patriotic activities, from parades to carnivals to fireworks displays.
It’s just not the Fourth without fireworks. Spread out a blanket and watch the shows, like the Scrantastic Spectacular, the Independence Day Celebration at Kirby Park or the Fireworks over Lake Wallenpaupack. Spend a night at the ballpark at the RailRiders game and stay for the fireworks over PNC Field.
Explore our nation’s history this Independence Day. Learn about NEPA’s role in the American Revolution at the Re-Enactment of the Battle of Wyoming at the Denison House. Take an old-fashioned train ride on the Stourbridge Line, which is pulling into Hawley right in time for the parade.
Make the most of the long weekend. NEPA has enough fireworks and festivals to keep the whole family busy.
Upcoming Fourth of July Events:
Celebrate America: An Independence Day Concert
June 30 at 7 p.m.
The First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre is hosting a free concert to celebrate the Fourth. Join them for an evening of choir performances, singing, readings, and music that is sure to put you in the star-spangled spirit.
Fireworks Celebration in Honesdale
July 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate the stars and stripes a little early at the Fireworks Celebration at Central Park in Honesdale. The evening kicks off with children’s activities, vendors, food and live music. At dusk, fireworks will light up the night sky. The rain date is July 2.
Rotary Club of the Abingtons Fireworks
July 2 at 5 p.m.
Bring the family for food, games, and fun at Abington Heights Middle School in Clarks Summit. Fireworks will light up the night at dusk. The rain date is July 3.
Fanfare for the Fourth
July 2 at 7 p.m.
Come honor the land of the free at St. John the Evangelist Church in Pittston. The Fanfare for the Fourth concert is a night full of performances from local church choirs and musicians.
July 3 at 4 p.m.
The Electric City will put on a dazzling display at the Scrantastic Spectacular. Courthouse Square will be packed with vendors, food and kids’ activities. Local bands and the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic will perform live music. The fireworks show goes off at 9:35.
Tunkhannock Rotary Club’s Fireworks Display
July 3 at 6 p.m.
Set up your chairs at the Tunkhannock High School Athletic Field for a stunning fireworks show. The local band Popstar Drive will perform before the display. A food stand will offer burgers, hot dogs and soda. The rain date is July 5.
All-American Music with the Brackney String Band
July 3 at 7 p.m.
Jam out with the Brackney String Band at Salt Springs State Park in Montrose. They’re playing a set of traditional American folk music, along with a bit of bluegrass, gospel, blues, and Irish folk songs. This free concert kicks off at the Williams Pavilion.
Montrose July 4th Celebration
July 4 at 8 a.m.
Montrose is hosting an entire day of star-spangled fun. The day begins with the Endless Mountains Races, including a one-mile fun run, 5K and 10K. Browse over 125 craft vendors and artists on Village Green and watch the bands and floats in the parade. The day concludes with the fireworks display at dusk.
36th Annual Bernie’s Memorial Run
July 4 at 8:30 a.m.
Before you kick back at the family cookout, pound the pavement for a good cause at the 36th Annual Bernie’s Memorial Run. This three-mile race starts at the Market Street Bridge and travels through downtown Wilkes-Barre. You can also register for a three-mile walk and kids’ fun run. The run benefits YMCAs throughout NEPA.
Independence Day Celebration at Kirby Park
July 4 at 11 a.m.
The City of Wilkes-Barre pays tribute to the red, white and blue at the Annual Independence Day Celebration at Kirby Park. Bring the family for an entire day of carnival rides, games, vendors and food. Live music and a fireworks display will be the show-stopping finale to an awesome day.
Stourbridge Line Train Rides
July 4 at 11 a.m.
The Stourbridge Line is offering train rides to celebrate the Hawley Parade. Hop on the Hawley Parade Explorer. You’ll roll into town just in time to catch the parade and enjoy a little shopping and sightseeing. For a shorter trip, try the Hawley Parade Flyer, a 45-minute ride that will take you through the scenic Pocono Mountains after the parade. Both rides are round-trip.
Re-Enactment of the Battle of Wyoming
July 4 at 12 p.m.
The fight for freedom took place right here in NEPA, when local troops fought the British on July 3, 1778. The Luzerne County Historical Society is holding a re-enactment of the Battle of Wyoming at the Nathan Denison House. Come learn about NEPA’s role in the Revolutionary War and take an open house tour. Admission is free.
RailRiders vs. Rochester
July 4-5 at 7 p.m. & July 6 at 6:30 p.m.
The crack of the bat and the smell of hot roasted peanuts are a little slice of Americana. Cheer on the RailRiders as they take on the Rochester Red Wings three nights in a row. Stick around after the games to watch the fireworks over PNC Field. July 5 will also be Field of Dreams Night, featuring a special appearance by Dwier Brown, who played John Kinsella in the 1989 movie.
Fireworks over Lake Wallenpaupack
July 4 at 9:15 p.m.
The rockets’ red glare will shine over Lake Wallenpaupack this Fourth of July. For the best views, spread out a blanket on the shore or watch from a boat. Seating and parking are also available at Wallenpaupack High School. The rain date is July 5.
Family Day Celebration in Jessup
July 5 at 4 p.m.
The 24th Annual Family Day Celebration is an entire evening of fun at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium on Hill Street. A car show, dance groups, bands, and other performers will keep everyone entertained. The evening ends with a fireworks extravaganza.
Fourth of July at Skytop Lodge
July 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Skytop Lodge will honor the stars and stripes at their fireworks display. The show is open to the public, and food vendors will serve up summertime snacks like burgers, hot dogs and ice cream. Resort guests will have access to fun activities all weekend, such as games, water sports, picnics, live entertainment and campfires.
Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks at Split Rock Resort
July 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Spread your blankets beside the lake and watch the fireworks at Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony. The public is welcome, and hotel guests receive free admission. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Lake Harmony Fire Department and Save the Children.
Camelback Resort Fireworks Celebration
July 6 at 10 a.m.
Make a splash this holiday weekend at Camelbeach. They’re extending their waterpark hours and offering live music all day. The general public receives free admission beginning at 6 p.m., just in time for music, dancing and the fireworks show.
Jim Thorpe Hometown Festival
July 6 at 12 p.m.
Celebrate small-town spirit at the Jim Thorpe Hometown Festival at Sam Miller Field. The afternoon is packed with games, rides and live music. A fireworks display is the perfect end to the day. The rain date is July 7.
MDG’s Tribute to America
July 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Rock out at Border Bar in Pittston Township, where Adam Farley and the MDG Crew will perform hits from the ‘80s, ‘90s and today. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Come dressed in your most patriotic outfit for the costume contest. There will also be a basket raffle and food from B3Q Smokehouse.