Independence Day will be the first holiday since pandemic restrictions have been lifted.

If you are looking for things to do in the area, here’s some of what is on tap.



The city of Hazleton will celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks display July 3 at City View Park.

Gates open at the park, 700 S. Poplar St., at 4 p.m. and the fireworks display will begin around 9:45 p.m., the mayor’s office announced.

Entertainment, vendors and food trucks will be available throughout the day. Entertainment includes performances by Venessa Vicoso from 5 to 7 p.m. and North of 40 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Handicap-accessible bus service will be available to and from the facility beginning at 5 p.m. The last pick-up is at 11 p.m.

Pick-ups are at the bus terminal at Church and Mine streets, Center City Park, the parking garage on South Wyoming Street and at Terrace Plaza. Riders can also flag down buses on their routes.

Parking is free and available at the park. People who are planning to attend are welcome to bring chairs and blankets.



The Shenandoah Heights Fire Company is holding a Fourth of July Bash on Saturday.

Live music by Sakes Alive will begin at 5:30 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9 p.m.


Wright Twp.

Wright Twp. will hold its annual fireworks display July 3 with a rain date of July 5.

Fireworks will be presented by Z.Y. Pyrotechnics and will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.

In addition to the display of fireworks, there will be vendors in the park, including Geraldo’s Pizza, George Webby offering chicken fingers, fries and drinks, and Dan McDonough serving lemonade, orangeade and potato pancakes.

PA Party Rentals will host a bounce house. The Kiwanis Club will be selling food and refreshments at the pavilion by the basketball courts. Mountain Top Healthcare will be providing complimentary water and snacks to the community.

The third annual charity hot dog eating contest, sponsored by Abe’s Hot Dogs, will be held right before the fireworks at Abe’s Hot Dogs, 315 S. Mountain Blvd. Abe’s will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will have a pop-up restaurant open in the park so people don’t have to walk up the hill.

There will be clearly marked no access safety zones in the area of the fireworks for setup and detonation.

The annual Fourth of July parade will also be held July 3 at 10 a.m., beginning near St. Jude’s Church and ending at Crestwood High School with a flag-raising ceremony.