HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS | Fourth of July
All events are on the holiday, Friday, July 4, unless otherwise noted.
Austintown: The Austintown Historical Society will host its 38th annual ecumenical service 8:30 a.m. Friday at Austin Log Cabin, 3797 S. Raccoon Road. The Fitch Color Guard will present colors as a Fitch trumpet player performs “To the Colors.” Keynote speaker is Rev. Charles Cole of Austintown Baptist Church. A continental breakfast will follow.
Austintown: Austintown’s 38th annual Fourth of July parade will begin at 2 p.m. Friday on South Raccoon Road and proceed to Kirk Road north to Falcon Drive.
Boardman: Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road, will host an Independence Day celebration with fireworks at 8 p.m. Sunday. The United States Army Field Band will perform at 8 p.m. and fireworks by Phantom Fireworks will follow at approximately 9:45. Take a lawn chair or blanket. Concessions available. Rain location will be the Boardman High School Performing Arts Center.
Canfield: Canfield will host the following events for the holiday: Kids’ foot race, for age 12 and under, beginning at Farmers National Bank, 8:15 a.m.; Firecracker Four Mile Run, begins at Dairy Queen, 8:30 a.m.; pre-parade performance with J.D. Eicher and the Goodnights, 8:45 a.m.; kids’ bicycle parade judging at Gate 5 of the Canfield Fairgrounds, 9:30 a.m.; awards presentation for race winners, 10 a.m. at the reviewing stand; July 4 parade, leaving Fairgrounds at 10 a.m. and traveling to the green by 10:30; introduction of parade grand marshal, awards presentation, caricatures at the green and children’s games on the north green, all after the parade; additional performance by J.D. Eicher and the Goodnights, noon; Youngstown Symphonic Band performance in the gazebo, 1 p.m.
Youngstown: The Youngstown Area Community Concert Band will give an Independence Day concert at 7 p.m. today at Judge Morley Pavilion at Wick Recreation Area in Mill Creek Park. The band will play an all-American program with a finale of patriotic music. The show will feature Maureen Collins of Easy Street Productions, who will sing Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” and Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally, who will read the Gettysburg Address as the band performs music from the movie “Gettysburg.” Other selections from the show will include Broadway show medleys from “Oklahoma” and “Jersey Boys.” The music of other states will be featured, including Tennessee and Ohio.
Youngstown: A downtown Youngstown fireworks display will take place at 9:30 p.m. Friday near the Covelli Centre. There is no parking offered at Covelli Centre lots.
Youngstown: Warehouse 50, 50 W. Federal Plaza, will host its Party on the Plaza with entertainment by Stolen Rhodes from 5 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday.
Howland: Howland Township will host a July 4 parade and celebration. A Stars and Stripes 5K Run and Walk sponsored by St. Joseph Health Center will begin at 8 a.m. A 1.5-mile parade along East Market Street will start at 10 a.m. at the Hunter Woods Plaza and finish at Howland High School. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be music, pizza-eating contest, concessions, game booths, music and other entertainment. A car and bike show also will take place from 11 to 3, with judging beginning at noon. A pet parade will begin at noon.
Newton Falls: Newton Falls Fourth of July committee will host events throughout the week, as well as the holiday. Music will be offered nightly in the township community center, including today from 5 to 11 p.m.; the House Band on Thursday from 7 to 11 p.m.; and Guys without Ties Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. Events planned for Friday, the holiday, will include: a parade, lining up at Broad Street at 9 a.m. and stepping off at 10 a.m.; Dixie Soul country band from 6 to 10 p.m. in the community center; and a free fireworks display, rain or shine, at 10 p.m.
Warren: The Packard Band will host a free Fourth of July spectacular starting at 8 p.m. featuring the W.D. Packard Concert Band, conductor Dr. Stephen L. Gage, vocalist Helen Welch and fireworks provided by Zambelli Fireworks Internationale. The event will take place at Packard’s South Lawn band shell. In inclement weather, the concert will be indoors.
Columbiana: Firestone Park will be the site for all-day events celebrating the holiday Friday. Events will take place rain or shine, excluding the fireworks; if the fireworks are rained out, they will be rescheduled and announced at a later date. Planned events include a fishing contest for age 3 to 12 (bring your own pole) and a canoe race, both at the Duck Pond; pet contest at the football field’s west end; family games and activities at the football field east end; ice- cream-eating contest for age 3 to 12 and watermelon-eating contest for age 6 to adult, both at concession area; music in the gazebo and on the hill throughout the evening; sidewalk chalk event (find chalk and information at Columbiana Chamber office); flag-bearing skydivers at 8 p.m.; and a fireworks display by Phantom Fireworks at 10 p.m. A drawing for a 50-50 raffle will take place immediately after fireworks; tickets will be on sale all day at Chamber of Commerce tent.
Mercer, Pa.: “A Patriotic Extravaganza” will be the theme of a concert at Mercer County Courthouse Square. Makin’ Changes will provide warm-up music at 6 p.m. for the Mercer Community Band at 7:30 p.m. Vocals by Gregory McClelland and flute by Josephine Kost will be featured. An ice-cream social with the Mercer Band Boosters will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. In inclement weather, the events will move to the Mercer High School auditorium. For information, visit www.mercercommunityband.com.