The actual holiday won’t arrive until next Thursday, but Fourth of July activities have already begun in the Oil Region.
Franklin’s Fourth of July Weeklong Celebration starts with today’s (Friday 6/28) children’s penny carnival and downtown sidewalk sales.
Saturday, the annual Libertyfest Parade, themed “An Old-Fashioned 4th of July,” steps off at 6:00 PM, but daytime events preceding the parade will include food booths in the South Park, a story time, midday music from the Pine Valley Boys, and the first annual Libertyfest 500 Outhouse Race. Following the evening’s parade, music will be featured at the South Park bandstand. Cast members of the Franklin Civic Operetta Association’s production of “Les Miserables” will perform selections from the show. That performance will be followed by a concert given by “The Vogues.”
Sunday will feature an antique and classic car show from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Franklin’s festival will continue through the annual “Thunder Over Franklin” fireworks display near the junction of French Creek and the Allegheny River in the area of Riverfront Park on the evening of the Fourth, next Thursday.
Cranberry will celebrate the holiday on Tuesday (the 2nd), and Oil City’s annual Jolly July Third observance is scheduled for Wednesday.