Patriotic music and fireworks have become a Johnstown tradition on Independence Day.
A free patriotic concert featuring the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Point Stadium in downtown Johnstown.
The program will kick off with the presenting of colors by a local Marine Corps Honor Guard.
Next, active and retired military personnel will be recognized for their contributions as the theme song from each military branch is played.
Voice students Emily Felton and Max Fedore from the studio of Charlotte Aubrey will be featured for many of the patriotic sing-alongs with the audience as well as performing the national anthem.
The symphony’s youth orchestra brass ensemble will perform music of the Glenn Miller era.
The concert has been presented by the symphony since the 1989 centennial commemoration of the 1889 Johnstown Flood.
When Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” is played, a Pennsylvania National Guard howitzer unit from Fort Indiantown Gap will support the cannon fire in the music.
The overture is a signal for the fireworks display to begin.
Fireworks will be launched from the water company grounds on Prospect Hill, as the symphony continues to play.
“The Fourth of July concert is our gift to the people of the Greater Johnstown community,” said symphony board president Bill Locher.
“We are deeply grateful to the wonderful sponsors who have made this terrific event possible.
“Great music performed by a world-class orchestra is the best way to celebrate our nation’s birthday, and the fireworks add to the thrill of the event. We look forward to sharing this wonderful evening with all the citizens of Johnstown and the surrounding boroughs.”
In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.
If you go ...
What: Patriotic concert by Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks display will follow concert.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Where: Point Stadium, downtown Johnstown.