You already know that the Corry Area Arts Council hosts Thursdays in the Park. But did you realize that in 2019 that Independence Day just so happens to fall on THURSDAY, JULY FOURTH? Well, we noticed – and then we got the wild idea of hosting an Old Fashioned Fourth of July festival!
Join us on July 4th, as we feature live music, food trucks, and a day of festivities! A kid’s corner with activities and crafts is planned. Vendors are still welcome to register by emailing the arts council. Registration is free; we’re simply asking, if you can, that a donation of any size you see fit be made to the Arts Council at the end of the day.
We kick off at 12:00 noon in the City Park.
At 1PM, we’ll feature music from Bill Beggs and the Dixie Doodlers.
At 3PM, Kokomo Time Band will ease us from the afternoon in to the evening.
Then at 6PM, your favorite act from last year Happy Days returns to Corry!
11:30 AM: Decorate your bicycle, before coming down to the park – the more patriotic the better! We’ll do a couple of laps around the park, the judges will have a chance to rank the bikes and a prize will be awarded to the most patriotic bicycle after the opening ceremonies!
2:45 PM: Between the first two bands, we plan on having a HOT DOG EATING CONTEST (sponsored by Fat Monn’s Grub)! Winner takes home $50 cash! Registration is open now and costs just $10. Only 10 slots are open. You can register in advance by paying with PayPal, or by sending us a message on Facebook to arrange a cash payment (see the registration page for details).
5:45: Just before Happy Days takes the stage, we’ll be having a PIE EATING CONTEST (sponsored by Perkins Family Restaurant)! Winner takes home $50 cash! Registration is open now and costs just $10. Only 10 slots are open. You can register in advance by paying with PayPal, or by sending us a message on Facebook or an email to arrange a cash payment (see the registration page for details).
The music is slated to wrap up around 8PM, leaving an hour for people to start migrating north, to the Corry PA American Legion post 365, out by the Soccer Fields. Why? Fireworks, of course! Join us around 9, 9:30 (sundown!) for a great fireworks show to be put on by Gibson Fireworks!
This event is a part of our regular Thursday in the Park Concert Series, and is sponsored by Corry Community Foundation, Erie Arts & Culture, with additional considerations sponsored by Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.