Fourth of July festivities set

July 01, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

FRANKLIN COUNTY, PA. - Several Franklin County, Pa., communities will join in the celebration of America's 228th birthday this weekend with July 4 activities featuring parades, picnics and fireworks.

Waynesboro and Greencastle will celebrate Saturday, while Chambersburg plans its activities for the traditional July Fourth on Sunday.


The Annual Waynesboro Summer Jubilee, to be held in the field and parking lot across from Waynesboro Hospital, serves as Waynesboro's July Fourth celebration, except for the parade, which is sponsored by the Brothers of the Brush.

The day's activities begin with a craft show at 8 a.m. followed by the Firecracker 5K Run.

Music will be provided throughout the day by the Druids, an acoustic group; Ain't Misbehaven?, a blues and rock band; Good for Nothing and its brand of rock music; Howard Nicholas, a barbershop quartet; and Big Cam & the Lifters, a '50s and '60s rock 'n' roll group.


Magician Dean Burkett goes on at 1:30 p.m. and the pie eaters begin their contest at 7:30 p.m. The Money Machine Raffle starts at 8:30 p.m. followed by the annual fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

The parade route is reversed this year, running west to east down Main Street. It begins at 10:30 a.m. at Cumberland Valley Avenue and ends at Virginia Avenue.


Chambersburg begins its celebration at noon at Memorial Park on McKinley Avenue with a craft show and an antique auto show at 1 p.m. Food and game stands will be open from noon to 5 p.m. in the rear of the band shell.

The Mercersburg Community Band will give a concert at 8 p.m. in the band shell. Fireworks get under way at 9:30 p.m.


The third annual Greencastle-Antrim July 4th Celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tayamentasachta Environmental Center.

Organizers opted to hold the event on Saturday because several area churches will hold patriotic events Sunday.

The Rev. James Herman and his little friend Chester will present a half-hour ventriloquist show for children at 11:15 a.m. while vocalists and musicians perform nearby for adults.

The Children's Parade begins at 11:45 a.m.

Families planning to join in the Most Patriotic Family Contest can sign up at the registration table.

Vocal and band music with patriotic themes will be provided by Richard Besecker and his son, Dave, along with performances by Barry and Mandy Stottlemyer; David King; The Rev. Stacy and Lisa Crawford; Dave Reeder and his band, A Wing and a Prayer; and the Greencastle Area Community Band.

Mark Herman will present a magic show at 12:45 p.m. followed by a peanut and candy scramble for children and a watermelon party.

Families may bring picnic lunches or visit one of the concession stands.

Everyone is invited to get into the spirit of the day by dressing in red, white, and blue.

For more information call the Greencastle- Antrim Chamber of Commerce office at 717-597-4610.


Mercersburg will celebrate the Fourth with a carillon recital at 2 p.m. Sunday as part of a national bell-ringing ceremony, coordinated by the Sons of the American Revolution, at Mercersburg Academy.

John Widmann, guest carillonneur from Frederick, Md., will perform.

The event commemorates the founding of America and coincides with bell-ringing at schools, colleges, governmental installations and all United States Navy ships.

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