Independence Day Celebrations in Honesdale are slated for Friday, July 3 in Central Park with an evening of old fashioned holiday spirit.

Independence Day Celebrations in Honesdale are slated for Friday, July 3 in Central Park with an evening of old fashioned holiday spirit.

The Wayne County Creative Arts Council will bring entertainment for all ages with three bands and traditional games and races for children. Beginning at 5:30 pm, the free games will start with sack races, water balloon tossing and the ever popular “pick up the cotton ball with your nose” event. Food will be available for a snack or a full picnic from a variety of vendors.

The Gypsy Jazz Quintet will also begin their performance at 5:30 pm. Formed in 2006 as a musical tribute to the 1930’s “hotclub” jazz of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and Parisian violinist Stephane Grapelli, this high energy group was organized by guitarist/music arranger John Curtin.  Guitarist, Vince Marone, bassist, Bob Wilson, clarinetist Nick Driscoll and violinist, Mark Woodyatt round out the very diverse musicians in the quintet.

At 6:30 pm, the Doug Smith’s Dixieland All Stars will be sure to please the audience with their jazzy style. A four to six piece group, they have performed for many local events including concerts in Scranton, store and mall openings, political rallies, fundraisers, parties and Mardi Gras celebrations.  Friday night’s players will include Doug Smith (leader) on bass, R.J. Kennedy on drums, and Tom Hamilton will play drums. The vocalists are Paulette and Tony Costa. Tony also plays piano. The trombonist is Tony Ardito and there may well be a few surprise guests with the band.  For more information, the website is:

A long time favorite is the Crystal Band, starting at 8 pm. An all-volunteer organization, the Crystal Band is celebrating their 130th anniversary this year. Under the direction of Doreen Hughes Ignatovich, they will regale the audience with a wide variety of musical selections, including Patriotic, Pops, Broadway, Light Classical, and Big Band music. Currently the Band consists of 60 woodwind, brass and percussion musicians of all ages, from high school students to retirees. Check for further info at

A spectacular fireworks display, sponsored by the Greater Honesdale Partnership, will light up the sky from Irving Cliff at dusk so bring your chair or blanket and settle in for a full evening of small town American fun. In case of rain, all activities will be moved to Monday, July 6 at 5:30 pm.

Please make your fireworks contribution payable to the “Greater Honesdale Partnership, (please add the word Fireworks to the memo area of your check), and mail it to the Partnership at 32 Commercial Street, Suite 3, Honesdale, PA  18431. if you have any questions or would like to help out the evening of the celebration, please call Tom at Arts for Him at 253-3080.