The Fourth of July in Warren this year starts on July 3rd and features Historian Tim Gay, rock concerts, parade, and fireworks. It's a culture filled celebration week with a special art show at the Crary Gallery on July 7. More details to follow as we update the most exciting week in the Warren calendar.
Pam McGarry of Warren PA Main Street writes:
Warren’s own “Liberty Rocks” Street Concert Tuesday July 3rd from 4 to 11 PM on Liberty Street between 2nd and 3rd.
Music Line Up Includes:
Old Dawg Bluegrass
Pat Hackett’s Tsunami of Sound
Last year we had approximately 500 people come throughout the day. This year, with it being the second annual, we are hoping for 2000 or more. The addition of beer and high quality bbq vendors with a great assortment of musicians is anticipated to really boost attendance. People can bring a chair and settle in for the evening with dinner, drinks and entertainment.
We have outstanding beer Yuengling and Bud Light from Crescent Beer, Soft Drinks provided by Warren Main Street and spectacular Barbecue from Shooters BBQ and Top of the Line Catering. And come to buy your raffle tickets to win Warrior II to support the SGC Hometown Hero’s Fund: Supporting Those Who Supported Us who now resides in Burbank, CA along with Warren residents Jeanne Berry and Darren Lobdell came up with the concept of the street concert, took it before Warren City Council with some assistance from Chris Cheronis and organized this event last year with Warren Main Street.
The concept of this event is to provide a meeting place for people of all ages to connect with local and out of town friends on the eve of the best holiday in Warren, PA The 4th of July. Pat Hackett . Pat Hackett who now resides in Burbank, CA along with Warren residents Jeanne Berry and Darren Lobdell came up with the concept of the street concert, took it before Warren City Council with some assistance from Chris Cheronis and organized this event last year with Warren Main Street.
The Times Observer writes:
"The first five bands will be on for about an hour each, McGarry said. Tsunami of Sound, a group of 24 current and former Warren County residents, will perform for about three hours. Despite their geographic separation, the members of the band have been working on their music and practicing for the concert since the inaugural event last year." Read the full article here.
After the parade, rock concerts and fireworks the Warren Public Library on Market Street will host Historian and Warren native Tim Gay for a public reception at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 5. The free event features the unique experiences of this Warren Area High School Class of 1972 alumnus: The Warren Public Library writes: "He was the first historian to gain access to the wartime correspondence of Walter Cronkite, which was only discovered after the legendary broadcaster passed away in July 2009. Gay also interviewed Andy Rooney twice before the “60 Minutes” commentator died last fall."
For more info on Tim Gay's visit, see this link.
Want more music? After the 65th Annual Fourth of July Parade through downtown Warren (it starts at 11 a.m. on July 4) visit Betts Park on Warren's West End to hear Take 5 at 3 p.m., followed by Frontiers at 7:30 p.m. Concerts are free before the fireworks start there at 10 p.m. This represents the biggest traffic jam of the year so come early to get a good spot! The festivities at Betts Park include vendors, games, and a beer tent.
The theme of the 65th Annual Warren Fourth of July Parade is "Symbols of Our Freedom." The "grand prize giveaway" this year totals $5,000.00.
At 6 p.m. on Saturday July 7 the Crary Gallery on Market Street unveils some high art by famous names like Eugene Berman, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Viera da Silva, Adolph Gottlieb, Wifredo Lam, Jacques Lipchitz, André Masson, Joan Miró, Robert Motherwell, Edouard Pignon, and Fritz Wotruba.
For more info on this important exhibit visit the Crary Gallery at this link.