Fourth of July Festivities Week Offers Mix of Old and New

| June 24, 2022

FRANKLIN, Pa. – Franklin’s annual Fourth of July Festivities Week returns with the traditional parade and fireworks but also lots of music and children’s activities.

“We are excited to be back to offering a full week of fun for all ages and celebrate the love for our community and country,” said Ronnie Beith, Franklin Events Coordinator.

The 2022 celebration includes the return of the city’s popular Libertyfest parade, which took a two-year hiatus because of COVID.

This year’s theme is Red, White & You. Businesses, community organizations, agencies, and other groups are invited to sign up to participate in the march down Liberty Street at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 2.

“The theme gives participants a chance to show what July 4th means to them,” Beith said. “We are hoping the crowd gets into the act too by wearing their most patriotic outfit to the parade and help us celebrate the return of our summertime parade.”

This year’s parade will include a little pre-show and post-show activity as well. The weekly farmer’s market will hold one of its Artisan Days from 8 am. to 1 p.m. in 12th Street Island. Immediately prior to step off, the winners of the Red, White & You writing contest will be announced from the judge’s stand near the corner of Liberty Street and West Park Street.

The annual Children’s Penny Carnival is also expanded. Building on last year’s successful format that used both downtown parks, the popular kids’ event will be spread between Fountain and Bandstand again from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 1.

“We received a lot of positive feedback from volunteers and attendees after last year’s carnival, so this year we are sticking with that layout and adding something in between,” Beith said.

There will be games and a petting zoo in Fountain Park, the Candyland obstacle course and Marty’s Bubble Machine in Bandstand Park, and a Red, White & You Touch-a-Truck event at the 12th Street Island.

Evening activities for kids include the Venango County Humane Society pet show on Monday, June 27, and a showing of “Sing 2” preceded by activities with the United Way on Friday, July 1.

And as always, the week will feature lots of live music.

“Back by popular demand, country music band South 62 will be playing at 7 p.m. Sunday in Bandstand Park. How lucky we are to have this wonderful band back in Franklin,” Beith said. “And they are just the start of a week of music that includes Tammi Dahl, Nathaniel Licht and Rachael Mellor, the Taste of Talent kick-off, Franklin Silver Cornet Band, and others performing throughout the city. No matter who is performing in the park, my advice is come early, take a chair and be ready to an enjoyable night of music.”

A complete schedule of the Fourth of July Festivities Week activities is included below. Additional items may be added to the schedule in the coming days and will be posted on the city’s website and Facebook page.

Saturday, June 25 – Franklin Farmers-Curb Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 12th Street Island; Franklin High School Community Mural Unveiling 11 a.m., alley by Barrow-Civic Theatre.

Sunday, June 26 – South 62, 7 p.m., Bandstand Park.

Monday, June 27 – Venango County Humane Society Pet Show, Bandstand Park, 6 p.m., registration • 6:30 p.m., show.

Tuesday, June 28 – Concert by Tammi Dahl, Nathaniel Licht, and Rachael Mellor, 7 p.m., Bandstand Park.

Wednesday, June 29 – Taste of Talent vocal competition kick-off, 7 p.m., Bandstand Park.

Thursday, June 30 – Franklin Silver Cornet Band Mostly Marches concert, 7:30 p.m., Bandstand Park.

Friday, July 1 – Yak ‘N Java, 8:30 a.m., 250 Elk Street, (814) 388-9122; Sidewalk/Indoor Sales, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., stores throughout downtown; Children’s Penny Carnival, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fountain Park, Bandstand Park and 12th Street Island; Coversome (Randy Moorehead and Logan McMahon), 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Benjamin’s Roadhouse patio; Tammi Dahl & Mark DeWalt 6 to 8:30 p.m., Bella Cucina patio; children’s activities and Movies In The Park “SING 2” dusk, Bandstand Park.

Saturday, July 2 – Franklin Farmers-Curb Market Artisan Day, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 12th Street Island; Sidewalk/Indoor Sales, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Libertyfest Parade, 11:30 a.m.; entertainment and food booths, following the parade, Fountain Park.

Sunday, July 3 – Clever Norm concert and cornhole 2 to 5 p.m., TrAils to Ales II.

Monday, July 4 – Thunder Over Franklin by Pyrotechnico, dusk, Riverfront Park.

Additional information on all the Fourth of July Festivities Week will be posted online at the city’s event website www.franklinpa.gov/events as well as on the event’s Facebook page @FranklinPAEvents. Follow along and share pictures on social media using the #July4inFranklin hashtag.


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