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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (WC)– Westminster College will host an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration with a free concert and fireworks beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at Brittain Lake on Westminster’s campus.

The 30th annual event will feature a concert by the River City Brass Band, the only full-time professional brass band in the country, playing a variety of selections, with an emphasis on patriotic music. The evening will be capped by an extended fireworks display, in recognition of the 30th anniversary, provided by Pyrotecnico.

“This is the most meaningful firework display in the area,” said Linda Brown of Mercer, Pa., who has attended the celebration for many years. “What you enable us to do is enjoy America at its bipartisan best. All ages come together for a common goal.”

The celebration is free to the public, but a free-will offering will be taken.

Attendance in recent years has reached 10,000, so early arrival is suggested for this family-oriented event. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating, as well as picnic baskets and refreshments. Food vendors will be on site.  In case of rain, the concert will be held in Anderson Amphitheater.

This year’s Independence Day Celebration was funded entirely by community donations.

For more information, contact Gene DeCaprio at 724-730-2085.

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