Plenty of patriotic events slated for Fourth

July 03, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

Events across Franklin County Thursday are expected to draw thousands of patriotic residents for a day filled with fireworks, music, food and celebration.

Louis Carnahan, chairman of the Cumberland Valley 21-Day Retreat Organization that plans the annual Fourth of July celebration at Memorial Park in Chambersburg, said he has added a few things to the flag ceremony in light of the patriotic mood that has swept the country since Sept. 11.

"I am going to see that the Pledge of Allegiance is said," Carnahan said, noting his opposition to the recent California appeals court ruling that declared it unconstitutional to say the pledge in school.


In addition, more than a dozen veterans groups will be parading their flags to the band shell, and members of the 21-Day Retreat will ceremoniously take down the giant American flag recently installed at the park.

They will fold the flag before the crowd in order to protect it from the evening's fireworks.

This is the 18th year the group has organized the event, which draws between 10,000 and 15,000 people, Carnahan said.

The day begins with a craft show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a car show from noon to 5 p.m. and the Parade of Flags will be at 7 p.m., followed by a performance by the Mercersburg Community Band at 8 p.m.

The event caps off with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Other Fourth of July events in Franklin County include:

-- The Waynesboro Summer Jubilee and Fireworks will begin with a 5K run, followed by a Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. Other events include a tug-of-war contest at 11:30 a.m., a unicycling, juggling and acrobatics show at 12:30 p.m., a local musician at 1 p.m., Karaoke at 2 p.m., bluegrass music provided by Twin Hill Express at 3 p.m., Ray Owen's "Hats Off to America," a patriotic music show, at 4 p.m., country line dancers at 5 p.m., and a concert by Rudy and the Bluefish. Fireworks will follow.

All events are on West Main Street across from Waynesboro Hospital and are free.

-- In Mercersburg, Pa., the Sons of the Revolution will hold its annual bell-ringing ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Mercersburg Academy chapel. The free event also includes a carillon concert by Charles Farris.

-- Greencastle, Pa., will have events in the Jerome R. King Playground band shell and adjacent Nelson pavilion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Boy Scouts will sell hamburgers and hot dogs and Girl Scouts will sell drinks.

Greencastle residents will present patriotic readings and music.

The Most Patriotic Family contest will be held at 11:15 a.m. on the band shell stage.

The prize for the winning family is a $25 gift certificate to Mikie's Ice Cream.

The event will close with an old-fashioned peanut and candy scramble for children and a watermelon party.

This is the first time for the event and officials hope to make it an annual affair.

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