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Fourth of July activities in Pa. and W.Va.

July 02, 2012

Waynesboro, Pa.

A Fourth of July flag-raising ceremony will kick off Summer Jubilee in Waynesboro for the first time this year.

The 9:30 a.m. ceremony will include patriotic songs performed by Waynesboro youth Hannah Richardson, according to Darrell Swart, a Summer Jubilee board member.

Summer Jubilee, held on the field across from Waynesboro Hospital, also will feature a craft show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., a magic show, inflatable games and contests.

About 600 people are expected for a one-mile children’s fun run and Firecracker 5K, Swart said.

The fun run is scheduled for 8 a.m. and the 5K for 8:30 a.m.

The Brothers of the Brush is sponsoring the Fourth of July parade, which will start at 10:30 a.m. on Main Street.

Musician Richie Fields returns for a second year with country music, Swart said.

“Right after he was here, because of the reaction he got from people, he said, ‘I’m coming back,’” Swart said.

Summer Jubilee is organized by 10 board members and “an army of volunteers,” he said.

Additional funds were allocated this year to improve the fireworks display, which starts at 9:30 p.m.

Other Tri-State area July 4 holiday activities include:

Greencastle, Pa.

The 11th annual Greencastle-Antrim July 4th Celebration will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the pavilion and walnut grove areas of Tayamentasachta Environmental Center, 500  Leitersburg St.

The family-centered event includes craft making, a children’s parade, the Most Patriotic Family Contest, the annual July 4th children’s photograph, music by Wing and a Prayer, rides from Thomas the Tank Engine and food sold by Shady Grove Cub Scout Pack 95.

For more information, go to www.greencastlemuseum.org.

Chambersburg, Pa.

Chambersburg Memorial Park at 1 Memorial Drive will be the site of Wednesday’s celebration.

Activities include an antique car show at 1 p.m., flag retreat at 7 p.m., Mercersburg (Pa.) Band concert at 8 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Martinsburg, W.Va.

Independence Day will be celebrated Wednesday at War Memorial Park. The War Memorial Pool will be open from noon to 5 p.m. The concession stand and miniature golf will open at noon. Entertainment, food vendors and kids’ activities will be available throughout the day. Music will be provided by Joe Taxi at 4 and 7 p.m., and Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Ridge at 5 and 8 p.m.

Fireworks start at dusk. Martinsburg police are reminding motorists and attendees that parking will be restricted in and around the park, and is prohibited at City Hospital and on Interstate 81.

For more information about parking and road restrictions, go to www.martinsburgpd.org.

Shepherdstown, W.Va.

As part of the town’s 250th celebration, a marker has been installed at the northwest corner of German and King streets to honor the soldiers from the area who marched to Massachusetts to support the cause in the Revolutionary War. It will be dedicated at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

At 3 p.m., a Fourth of July parade will start at the top of German Street and end at Rumsey Memorial Park on Mill Street. A picnic follows with family-centered activities and food for sale at the park.

Admission is free but donations are accepted.

For details, go to www.shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com.

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