Let freedom ring

Allied News file

Grove City will host its Independence Day celebration on July 4. The festivities begin at 8 p.m. with live music, and ending with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

GROVE CITY – The skies over Grove City will light up Thursday as the town celebrates the Fourth of July.

This year marks the 22nd annual fireworks display, an event sponsored by Grove City borough and Pine Township, said organizer Mary Kay Mattocks.

“It can be seen from all over,” she said.

The fun begins at 8 p.m. Thursday on East Poplar Street at Grove City High School’s Forker Field.

Harrisville Community Band will perform, and Kellner’s Fireworks out of Harrisville will set off fireworks at 10 p.m., rain or shine.

The football boosters will sell food, and Dragonfly Balloons will be making free balloon art.

Spectators can sit in the stadium bleachers, or bring blankets and chairs to sit nearby. More than 1,000 people came to Forker Field for last year’s show.

“They filled up the whole bleacher section,” she said.

With organizers requesting a bigger finale this year, the display is scheduled to last about 25 to 30 minutes.

Admission is free, thanks to donations from borough and township. There is always money set aside in the borough’s budget for this event, said Mattocks, a borough council member.

“And Pine Township has been just gracious,” she said.

She also thanks Grove City Area School District for use of the field, and Grove City College for opening up some of its parking lots for the event.

Mattocks said two Grove City churches will host pre-fireworks events.

East Main Presbyterian Church, 120 E. Main St., will have free hot dogs, popcorn, iced coffee, lemonade, cotton candy, and children’s games and activities from 8 to 10 p.m.

Everything will be set up in the alley between the church and the college parking lot, and in the lawn area between the church and East Poplar Street.

The church will be open for community members to come inside and cool off, and to use the restrooms. Church parking lots will remain open for fireworks spectators.

Tower Presbyterian Church, 248 S. Broad St., is having Fair on the Fourth from 5 to 9 p.m. with carnival games, a bounce house, hamburgers, hot dogs, and ice cream.

Both church events are free.

Other area holiday events include:

• Pymatuning State Park in Jamestown hosts a fireworks display at dusk tonight, June 29.

• The Ellwood City Festival from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Sunday, June 30, at Ewing Park, with fireworks at 10 p.m. Sunday.

• Buhl Park in Hermitage and the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce host Light Up the Sky at 6 p.m. June 30 at the park. 2nd Avenue Project will perform, and there will be food, children’s activities, and fireworks at dusk over the kite hill.

• Independence Day celebration from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Brittain Lake, Westminster College, New Wilmington, with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

• The City of Franklin, Franklin Fine Arts Council and the Edward & Jessie Peters Charitable Trust host the town’s annual weeklong celebration to mark the Fourth of July with events through July 4. That includes children’s activities, music, and Libertyfest Day, plus fireworks at dusk July 4 at Riverfront Park.

• Harrisville Community Day in the Park on July 4. The parade starts at 11 a.m., and there will be rides, vendors, food, entertainment, pet parade, tractor parade, bingo, and more. Fireworks start at 9:45 p.m.

• Pearson Park Fourth of July celebration from 2 to 10 p.m. July 4 at 179 Pearson Park Drive, New Castle, with fireworks at 10 p.m.

• White and Blue Fourth of July celebration 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4 to 7 at Mines and Meadows, 1307 Old Route 18, Wampum, with fireworks at 10 p.m. July 6.

• Western PA Balloon Quest July 11 to 14 at Scotland Meadows Park, 1910 Municipal Drive, New Castle, with fireworks at 10 p.m. July 13.