The Fourth of July is here and with it come many celebrations with family and friends to celebrate the freedom of our great nation.

What can be better than celebrating our country than visiting one of its outstanding natural areas?  Spending the Fourth of July in the Poconos is undoubtedly a great option to enjoy as a family and feel proud of our country.

But first, a bit of history.

The practice of commemorating Independence Day in America bears origins in the days after the Continental Congress formally adopting the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. A few days later, bands performed, and bells rang as public readings took place in Philadelphia’s Independence Square.

However, following the War of 1812, July 4 became a more commonly celebrated holiday in the United States. By the 1870s, Independence Day had become the most significant non-religious holiday for many Americans, and Congress declared it a federal holiday on June 28, 1870.

Americans fired a cannon 13 times in commemoration of the original 13 colonies at the inaugural July 4 celebration in Philadelphia in 1777. As part of the festivities, thirteen fireworks were launched around the city.

How is the 4th of July celebrated?

Usually, this day is a chance for family members to reunite and relax and enjoy food at a cookout or BBQ that is often prepared on a grill and served with cold side dishes like potato salad, fruit, chips, and coleslaw.

Many towns host Fourth of July parades, which often feature fire trucks, marching bands, and community organizations.
Although many Americans prefer to be outdoors and often hit a beach or a lake to cool off.

However, other Americans prefer to enjoy summer, be outdoors, and often hit a beach or a lake to cool off.

Here in The Poconos Mountains, you will have different options to enjoy during the weekend and celebrate the 4th of July with your family and friends.

July in the Poconos arouses your interest in planning fireworks and holiday celebrations! As nature’s acoustics combine brilliantly with patriotic melodies around the region, the mountains offer their distinctive touch. While stunning light shows capture the night, don’t forget about the daytime delights of cuisine, festivals, games, and more.

Enjoy live music and a spectacular fireworks show! Starting at 6 p.m., the Wayne County Creative Arts Alliance will host a concert with vendors and refreshments. At dark, the fireworks commence. July 3 is the rain date.

A little of history, The Quiet Valley crew will read the Declaration of Independence, as well as Old Fashioned Children’s Games and a One-Room Schoolhouse display.

Bring a blanket or your favorite chair and join Skytop Lodge for their magnificent fireworks show on the South Lawn on Saturday, July 3. Live entertainment, refreshments, and other activities will be available throughout the evening. At dusk, the fireworks will begin. Non-resort guests will be charged $10 per vehicle.

On Saturday 3, volunteers from the Lake Ariel Fire Company will be offering food and drinks at the Lake Station on Route 191. Arrive early for a spectacular view! At dark, the fireworks commence. July 9 is the rain date. Ariel Beach on Lake Ariel. The event will be free!

For amazing fireworks show over Lake Wallenpaupack this Sunday 4, join The Chamber of the Northern Poconos and several supporting community companies. Patriotic music will be aired on Bold Gold Media’s Classic Hits 105.3 during the show. The Wallenpaupack High School has parking and accessible seats. This is dependent on the weather. At 9:15 p.m, The concert will begin.

This Independence Day, there’s no shortage of excitement at Camelback Resort. Fireworks show above the Pocono Mountains will undoubtedly be part of the festivities. There will be plenty of fun, food, and music. The fun starts at Camelbeach with activities for the whole family to enjoy.

From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Kirby Park hosts an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration. The fireworks show will start at dusk. Live music, food and craft vendors, amusement rides, and games are all available.

If you are wondering where to get supplies for the BBQ, Join The Stourbridge Line for some shopping! Take a walk to Bingham Park after getting off the train in Hawley to check out Hawley’s Farmers Market, which is full of local vegetables and items. Take a brief stroll around Main Street in Hawley, which has four lovely blocks with something for everyone.

Happpy 4th of July!

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