Everyone’s invited to the Independence Day celebration in Honesdale’s Central Park on Sunday, July 3rd. 


Everyone’s invited to the Independence Day celebration in Honesdale’s Central Park on Sunday, July 3rd. 

Working together, Wayne County Creative Arts Council and the Greater Honesdale Partnership are once again offering up fireworks and fun for the whole family.
Mae Figura, project manager for the Wayne County Creative Arts Council (WCCAC) Summer Festival of Events, says there’ll be old fashioned games galore, food vendors, and more.

Q. How long have you helped to host the event?
A. “We’ve coordinated with the Greater Honesdale Partnership upwards of 10 years for the Independence day activities and music,” said Figura.
Figura says the WCCAC is celebrating its 44th season of concerts.
They hold 14 concerts in 7 weeks, on Mondays and Thursdays.

Q. Why do you hold the Independence Day festivities on the 3rd? 
A. “We have them on the 3rd because Lake Wallenpaupack has them on the Fourth, so people can enjoy both. 
Lake Ariel is having theirs on the third.”

Q. What are some of the family friendly games?
A. “We start with toddlers, and they have the duck pond and the cotton ball pickup. And then, we go into the races; we have three-legged, ball on spoon, sack races, and the boardwalk. Then we have the contests: bubblegum blowing - gum supplied, rope jumping, ribbon twirling, (and) spinning plates on a stick. We may have the limbo.
For pairs only, we have scoop and catch and the water balloon toss,” Figura said.

Q. What time does the fun get underway?
A. “(It’s) 4 p.m. for the games, 5 p.m. for the music,” Figura said.
The All-Star Dixieland Band is featured from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; Fiddlin’ Around (Steve Jacobi’s band) from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; and the Crystal Band of Scranton will play from 8 p.m. until fireworks time. They feature: light classical, broadway, pop and patriotic tunes.
Fireworks get underway at dusk.

Q. How many vendors will there be?
A. “There will be about 15 vendors. Court street will be closed from 9th to 10th street,” she said. Local vendors will be selling ice cream, kettle corn, maple cotton candy and other maple products, hotdogs, hamburgers, watermelon and more.
The Cherry Ridge Woodcarvers will be doing demonstrations and sales.

Q. Anything else you’d like to share?
A. “In honor of our freedom the WCCAC has purchased 800 copies of the Constitution of the U.S. from the National Center for Constitutional Studies. Senator Lisa Baker has provided coloring books of “The Pledge of Allegiance” and “Journey Across Pennsylvania” and “About the Constitution of the United States of America,” a brochure on our Flag,” plus an enlightening and humorous Presidential Quiz. Handouts also include a Pennsylvania poster, and “Pennsylvania Firsts in the Nation.”
Handouts will be available at the stage and a table near the vendors.

NOTE: This is the last year for the stage. Over 19 years-old, it’s falling apart and needs to be replaced.
“Ones that we’ve looked at in a magazine last year started at $160,000 on up and we can’t afford that. We’re looking for one that is sturdy and dependable, affordable and it doesn’t have to be ritzy, because we’re humble,” Figura said. It also needs to be moveable.
Anyone with suggestions is asked to call 253-3855.

The rain date for the Independence Day festivities is Wednesday, July 6th.