Fourth of July festivities on tap
Indiana County residents have a few options this year while planning their Fourth of July entertainment. Different areas are offering festivities, from car shows to live entertainment and pet parades to demolition derbies. And, of course, fireworks displays.
White Township, Mack Park
In celebration of Indiana Regional Medical Center’s 100th anniversary this year, the Indiana Lions Club’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display is going to be bigger than usual, according to Jerry Boucher, of the Lions Club.
The show will feature new ground effects this year, so Boucher encourages viewers to head to Mack Park to watch the show this year rather than setting up somewhere else nearby.
The fireworks show, by Starfire Corp., of Northern Cambria, will begin between 9:30 and 10 p.m.
In addition, the annual event offers other favorite activities such as the Marion Center Lions Club Pet Parade at 10 a.m., where anyone is invited to bring their pet to participate.
The annual demolition derby will begin at 2 p.m., with the grandstand and box office opening at 1 p.m. for ticket sales.
Plus, a car cruise will be held on the fair grounds, open to the public.
“We are encouraging cars, motorcycles, trucks to come in and display their cars and so forth,” Boucher said.
The event also features live music by local bands Hiram and the Walkers and the Luckenbach Penna Pickers.
“There’s also going to be great food there, like there always is, face painting and things like that,” Boucher said.
Parking for the event will be free, but donations for parking will be accepted to benefit Four Footed Friends.
Indiana County residents have the opportunity to see a fireworks show that’s being called the county’s “longest and largest” in the Coral and Graceton area this year.
Fireworks will be shot off from the Indiana County Development Corporation Industrial park by Joe Canton, of Canton’s Turkey Farm, and his 14-member crew.
“As a kid I always liked fireworks,” Canton said. That inspired him to get a license to do it, and “do it big,” he said.
Thanks to donations from sponsors such as Waste Management and Whitey’s Peetza, a total of about $25,000 is going into the fireworks show, he said.
“It’s going to be a pretty good size show that hopefully we can do again and again.”
The fireworks were purchased from Starfire Corp., of Northern Cambria.
“Because of Joe’s event the Coral-Graceton Fire Department now has started to do some things,” said Steve White, owner of Whitey’s Peetza.
The fire department will hold its first Fourth of July Festival from 3 to 11 p.m., with an opening flag ceremony beginning at 3 p.m.
The festival will include live entertainment by the Mon Valley Push Polka Band and the 13 Stories Rock Band, food vendors, inflatables and kids rides, and a car show. All of the events will be held in the Coral-Graceton Firemen’s Field along First Avenue in Coral.
Last year, White said, thousands of people turned up throughout the area to watch Canton’s fireworks show, many lining Route 119 and other spaces.
“Joe was the one that spearheaded it two years ago on his own,” said White. “It’s grown — it (had) big fireworks the first year but it’s grown in popularity, too.”
Though the show is set off in the Coral and Graceton area, Canton said the display will be visible from quite a ways away.
“It’s a nice community thing,” Canton said. “We just have fun.”
If you go:
• Opening ceremony: 3 p.m.
• Mon Valley Push polka band: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
• Car show: 4 to 7 p.m.
• 13 Stories Rock Band: 8 to 11 p.m.
• Fireworks display: About 9:45 p.m.
• Pet parade: 10 a.m.
• Demo derby: 2 p.m.
• Car cruise: all day
• Fireworks display: 9:30-10 p.m.