Events planned around Fourth of July

Many area communities have scheduled fireworks and more in celebration of Independence Day. (Photo by Richard Sayer)

Area communities have planned activities and fireworks around the Fourth of July holiday.

Fourth of July festivities in Franklin

Various sales are scheduled to take place today and Saturday in Franklin.

A children’s penny carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Various musicians including Kevin Downey and Brianna Steves, Max Schang and Phil Keaggy will perform at various venues today.

Saturday’s events kick off with the farmers market from 8 a.m. to noon at the 12th Street Island. The Libertyfest parade will be held at 6 p.m. The 28th Infantry Division – PA Army National Guard Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday’s events include the Libertyfest Outhouse race at 2 p.m. and a performance from the Air National Guard Band of NE 553rd Air Force at 7 p.m. in Bandstand Park.

Nightlife will perform at 7 p.m. Monday in Bandstand Park.

Tuesday’s events include a performance by Lawyers, Guns and Money at 6 p.m. in Riverfront Park. The Thunder Over Franklin fireworks display will take place at dusk Tuesday at Riverfront Park.

Cranberry Fireworks Spectacular

The 11th annual Cranberry Fireworks Spectacular will take place at dusk on Sunday at the Cranberry Mall.

A carnival will be held from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the front parking lot at the mall.

Various Cranberry businesses will have specials throughout the day on Sunday.

Free face painting and balloon animals will be available from 7 to 9 p.m. in the mall’s center court.

Also from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Lake Erie Events will be at the East Entrance to the mall; Coston Cross will perform at the South Entrance; Mitch Littler will perform at the North Entrance and Robyn Young will be at the former JC Penney entrance or rear parking lot.

The fireworks will take place at dusk on Sunday.

Oil City’s Jolly July 3rd

The annual Jolly July 3rd event, which includes the fireworks for Independence Day, will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday in Justus Park, Oil City.

The free community event is sponsored and arranged by the Oil City Arts Council. Every year the council specifically arranges this family event to cater to attendees of all ages in the downtown park by the river. It is wheelchair-accessible with facilities and parking space.

Early evening events will include children’s activities with a pirate show, a traveling zoo, clowns, face painting, caricaturists, super heroes and the ever popular giant slingshot. There will also be stilt-walkers, food and trinket vendors.

Musical performances begin at 7 p.m. with Mostly Brass and Trixx. Mostly Brass will play traditional standards, show tunes and marching music. Trixx is known for classic rock. The evening will end with the colorful celebratory fireworks at 10 p.m. in the park.

July continues with the ongoing summer programs arranged by the arts council.

The next event will be Blues and Food from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 14, with musicians Max Schang and Ron Yarosz & The Vehicle. Also in July, the large community Oil Heritage Art Show now in its 17th year will take place during the Heritage Fest. Lunchtime free smaller concerts continue every Wednesday at noon on Seneca Street. An up-to-date calendar of events are listed on the Arts Oil City website and on the arts page of

‘I Love Clarion’

CLARION – The “I Love Clarion” celebration is scheduled for Monday, July 3 at the Clarion University Memorial Stadium.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Local country singer Coston Cross will kicks things off from 5 to 7 p.m. Coston prides himself on paving his own path in country music and staying true to his country roots. He pulls influences from his life experiences to make his original music stand out and to give the audience the truth of country music.

Also beginning at 5 p.m., there will be local businesses and vendors selling food and refreshments. There will be a variety of foods available.

The Wrangler Band will perform at 7 p.m. They will perform a variety of music from country hits to classic rock.

The highlight of the celebration will be a fireworks display. The display will take place at dusk.

A collection table accepting donations for military personnel will be available.

St. Joseph’s 4th of July Celebration

LUCINDA – St. Joseph’s 78th Annual 4th of July Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday on the parish grounds in Lucinda.

As a pre-festival kick-off, St. Joseph’s Liberty 5K Run/Walk will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Lucinda Train Station.

Ticket sales for the dinner on Tuesday start at 10 a.m. with the dinner beginning at 11 a.m.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the grounds will open featuring games of skill and chance for adults and children, a concessions stand, a Chinese auction, prize drawings and children’s features. Handmade quilts are on display with nearly 20 slated to be awarded throughout the day.

Sawyer Stepp and The Crossroads Band will kick off the day’s live entertainment at 11 a.m.

Joni Zacherl of Clarion will head the live performances at 11 a.m. at the outdoor dining area by singing a variety of smooth pop favorites.

The called-number games begin at noon. Bryan Phillips will perform at noon.

Singer and guitarist Kiara Gabler of Leeper will perform at 1 p.m. and Scotty Greene will stroll the grounds cranking one of the old-time street organs from DeBence Antique Music World in Franklin.

Keep Off The Grass will perform at 1:30 p.m.

Keyboardist Dennis Geib will conclude the day’s performances at 3 p.m.

The grand prize drawing will be held at 4 p.m.

Proceeds from the day’s events benefit St. Joseph Catholic School, one of the oldest Catholic schools in the Erie Diocese.

The celebration will be held rain or shine.

For more information, people may visit, access Facebook or call (814) 226-7288.

Marienville celebration

The Marienville July 4th Celebration will be held from 1 to 10 p.m. Tuesday in M. A.C.A. Park. It includes swimming, softball, volleyball, horseshoes, bingo, raffles, Chinese auction and food and ice cream. The parade starts at 4 p.m. A splash dance will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Music by TRIXX will be held at 10 p.m. and fireworks will be held at 10 p.m.

Corsica 4th of July

The Corsica 4th of July celebration takes place Saturday through Tuesday.

Saturday’s events include a 5K, a lawn tractor pull and more.

Sunday’s events include a cornhole tournament, a car show and more.

Monday’s events include lawn mower races and more.

Tuesday’s events include a parade, musical entertainment and fireworks at 10 p.m. More information abou the event is available on the Corsica Volunteer Fire Company’s Facebook page.

Other events have included fireworks on their schedule of activities.

— ROCKY GROVE – Fireworks will be held at dusk today during the Rocky Grove Fireman’s Fair.

— UTICA – Fireworks will be held at 9 p.m. Saturday during the Utica Festival.

— NEW BETHLHEM – Fireworks will be held at 9 p.m. Monday in Gumtown Park in New Bethlehem.

— TIONESTA – Fireworks will be held at 10 p.m. Tuesday during the Wolf’s Corners Fair at 2612 Lake Lucy Road, Tionesta.