The Wilkes-Barre 4th of July Celebration is a great opportunity to bring out the family for a day of relaxing fun and enjoyment. Held in the open and tranquil Kirby Park, this annual event – which hosts some nearly ten thousand visitors – never feels quite as crowded as it actually is. In fact, the 4th Celebration is perfectly suited to celebrate the country’s birthday and reconnect with family and friends. With carnival rides, plenty of food, and great fireworks, this 4th Celebration is guaranteed to delight and inspire.
The festival starts with a three mile run through Wilkes-Barre in the Bernie’s Memorial Run. By the afternoon the fun is in full swing with a craft show and carnival rides and games. A large selection of food vendors are on hand serving all the summer favorites, such including pork sandwiches, hot dogs, fresh-squeezed lemonades, and snow cones. With free live music through the day and games for the family, the fun never ends.
As the day nears an end, the local and much beloved Philharmonic Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania plays national tunes and whips the crowd into a patriotic fervor. With dusk quickly approaching, a throng of townsfolk gather on the lawn in Kirby Park. Blankets, chairs, picnic foods are all neatly arranged. As the pink wisps of daylight fade beyond the distant mountains, fireworks burst into the air.
Admission is free and parking is limited.