The Independence Day celebration comes one day early to Honesdale’s Central Park.

 - The Independence Day celebration comes one day early to Honesdale’s Central Park.

On Thursday, July 3 beginning at 5 p.m., the Wayne County Creative Arts Council will provide an evening of free musical performances, free old-fashioned games and many free activities for the fun and exercise of all ages.

Vendors on Court Street will offer hearty food, sweet treats, thirst quenchers, wood workers, face painting, novelties and even patriotic tee shirts.

Even though everything begins at 5 p.m., feel free to come early, bring your favorite chair or blanket, relax and enjoy the ambiance of fountain and shade trees.

Games and races, which reward prizes to the winners are: for toddlers and primary children are the cotton ball pick-up (parent or sibling needed) and the duck pond.

Folks of any age can join in the bubble gum blowing contest – we provide the gum and calipers to measure bubbles—or compete in the three-legged, ball on a spoon or sack races.

The water balloon toss requires a partner and the board walk with three people on each set of boards is reserved for teens and adults only.

Activities found near the fountain are for anyone to use and enjoy. These include jump ropes, hula-hoops twirling streamers, scoop ball sets and twirl a plate on a stick.

Have fun and increase your skill.

New this year there will be an inflatable obstacle course consisting of slides, walls and barriers, provided by Joelee Motichka of Rent-E-Vent in Honesdale.

On the lower platform of the stage there will be a variety of interesting, free publications and pamphlets about Pennsylvania Parks and Places and the Pledge of Allegiance, plus a readable blue covered “About the Constitution” book.

There is also a Pennsylvania Poster/Quiz to color, an “our Flag,” Pennsylvania Firsts,” and “Presidential Quiz brochures for you to take home.

You are also welcome to a pocket size copy of our United States Constitution.

The Moonlight on the Poconos Big Band starts off the festivities at 5 with their renditions of such swing favorites as “Moonlight Serenade” and “Maple Leaf Rag.”

Dedicated to the preservation and performance of Swing Era big band sounds, this group of musicians and vocalists from the Greely area has over 2000 tunes in their repertoire.

For more information on the group check out their webpage

Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars have been a fixture in Honesdale’s Independence Day Celebration performing their dynamic, hard-driving and exciting New Orleans’ style entertainment on acoustic instruments just like the “Old Days.”

They take a modern approach to Dixieland music, while retaining the deep traditional roots of jazz.

They have played for a number of local events like the Scranton Half Marathon and the Fine Arts Festival in Wilkes Barre as well as entertaining a governor of Pennsylvania and President George Bush II.

Their performance will begin at 6:30 until 8 p.m. Their website is

Topping off the evening with patriotic and popular music, is Scranton’s own Crystal Band.

The only all volunteer band in the Scranton area is over 130 years old. They began as a boys brass band in 1879 with 17 members.

Numbering over more than 50 members today, they are directed by Doreen Hughes Ignatovich. They take the stage at 8 p.m. until the fireworks at around 9:30.

More information on the band can be found at

In the event of rain, all Independence Day activities and concerts will take place on Sunday, July 6 at the same times.