BY MICHAEL J. RUDOLF
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Several communities in Wyoming County are planning to celebrate our nation’s independence in a big way on or around the Fourth of July.
The first such celebration comes in Tunkhannock, where the fireworks show is traditionally held on July 3. The presentation is sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club.
Gates for the festivities open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Tunkhannock Area High School’s Memorial Field.
Dixieland jazz music by the Jim Welch Band will begin at 7 p.m., and the popular local band Borderline will reunite after five years for a performance at 8 p.m.
There will be food stands open with hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and more.
Everything wraps up with the spectacular fireworks show at dusk.
Saturday, July 3, is also the day for the celebration in Mehoopany. The festivities will once again be at the FWM fire hall. The event is presented to benefit the fire company and ambulance.
Things start early in Mehoopany, with the firemen’s parade set for 10:30 a.m. starting at the Mehoopany Baptist Church and ending at the fire hall.
Throughout the day, there will be a carnival at the fire company grounds, with lots of games, music and food, including a chicken barbecue starting at 11 a.m.
Area churches and the Forkston Grange join with the fire company to make the celebration complete.
Local talent will be the order when the variety show kicks off at 3 p.m. Several vocalists, instrumentalists and dance groups are signed up to perform.
The Youth Group of the Mehoopany United Methodist Charge will have a booth serving food and drinks, including their famous Walk-A-Way Tacos. Proceeds from this booth benefit Relay for Life.
There is a new location for the duck derby this year, At 4:30 p.m., the winning ducks will be pulled from a tank at the fire hall. There will be lots of prizes for everyone. Tickets are available from Forkston Grange members.
The festivities in Mehoopany wrap up with round and square dancing featuring Northern Harmony at 8 p.m. at the fire hall.
Nicholson will have its celebration on Sunday, July 4, a the Nicholson Fire Company Carnival Grounds off of State Street.
The annual fireworks show will commence at dusk, approximately 9 p.m.
In Susquehanna County, Montrose will host its Independence Day events over the span of four days.
There will be a giant fireworks display at Montrose Area High School on Sunday, July 4, at dusk.
Then on Monday, the celebration continues with foot races and the annual parade starting at 11 a.m. And all day long starting at 8 a.m., there will be a chicken barbecue at the United Fire Company, with vendors on the green next to the courthouse.
Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna is scheduled to have a huge fireworks display on Friday, July 2, to kick off the Independence Day weekend. Organizers say this display is always considered to be one of the best in the region.
On Saturday, July 3, Salt Springs State Park, north of Montrose on Route 29, will host an All-American Patriotic Music program starting at 7 p.m. in the pavilion. The Mountain Aire Brass Band will play patriotic music and lead in song around a campfire. Bring chairs and marshmallows.