Scrantastic Spectacular Set For July 3 On Courthouse Square

Celebrating America’s birthday in downtown Scranton will be “Spectacular” once again!!

The fifth annual Scrantastic Spectacular will be held on Friday, July 3, on the streets around Courthouse Square, starting at 4 pm.  This free, family-friendly event, which generally attracts a crowd of 10,000, is a partnership between Lackawanna County, Entercom Communications, the City of Scranton, Prudential and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.

The festival-like atmosphere will feature live bands, vendors and children’s activities, and Wendy’s 5K Race and Wendy’s Kids Dash.  All of these events will be followed by a free performance from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic at 7:30 pm.

First Friday Scranton will also be taking place from 6 – 9 pm.  The public is encouraged to walk around downtown Scranton and enjoy the various art exhibits and performances.

The evening will be capped-off at approximately 9:30 pm with a spectacular fireworks display from a new launch point – The Casey Garage.  The aerial show will be choreographed to music and also be broadcast live over the Entercom Communications family of stations.  People can bring lawn chairs to enjoy the music and fireworks.  Central Parking is offering a special $5 rate in the garages for the event, starting after 3 PM.

The traffic patterns for the “Spectacular” are as follows:  on Thursday, July 2, North Washington Avenue will be blocked-off between Linden Street and Spruce Street, starting at 9 AM to put up the stage. On Friday, July 3, at 9 am N. Washington Avenue and Spruce Street will be blocked along with one lane of Adams Avenue and Linden Street between Adams and Wyoming Avenues. Starting at 2 PM, Mulberry Street to N. Washington Avenue will be closed.

The schedule of events for “Scrantastic Spectacular” is as follows: 

4 PM

Local Bands Perform on the Side Stage on Spruce Street

Food & Entertainment Vendors Open. There will be face painting, inflatable rides, games, and vendors with all types of food surrounding the Square.

6 PM
Wendy’s 5K Superhero Run Begins at the corner of Spruce Street & N. Washington Avenue

6:45 PM
Wendy’s Superhero Kids Dash begins on Spruce Street

7:30 PM
Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Performs on the Main Stage

Fireworks Spectacular Begins from Casey Garage Launch Point

For more information visit or contact Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture for Lackawanna County, at 570.963.6590, ext. 102, or email

“Fit-N-Fun” Healthy Lackawanna Program

An initiative designed to “make Lackawanna healthy,” reduce obesity, control blood pressure and other vitals, and promote a wellness way of life will be officially kicked-off on June 27 at McDade Park, Scranton.

Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Patrick M. O’Malley and Edward G. Staback explained that “Fit-N-Fun Days at the County’s parks are being combined with the popular Family Fun Day series and will focus on various recreational activities and physical fitness/exercise routines that will cater to people from ages eight to eighty.

This free program will be offered on the following dates at County parks from 11 AM to 2 PM:  McDade Park, June 27; Covington Park, July 11; Aylesworth Park, July 25; and Merli-Sarnoski Park, August 8.

The wellness activities will be supervised by professionals from Geisinger CMC and The Wright Center and other individuals who are involved in fitness programs.

Residents will be able to try such age appropriate activities as aerobics, tai chi, yoga, running and dance to gauge if it works for them as part of their fitness regimen.  The point of this “exercise sampling” is to continue the activities at several spas, gyms or fitness centers in our community.

Physicians and representatives from local health care organizations, such as The Wright Center for Primary Care and Geisinger Health System will be providing free blood pressure screenings, tobacco cessation information and nutritional resources and promoting other health-focused initiatives at the events.

There will be a variety of games, activities and exercise opportunities for those who attend.  McDade Park also offers families the opportunity to inspect the coal mine tour and anthracite museum.

Links to various wellness programs and services, practitioners, and general resource information will be available on the County’s website


Fit-N-Fun Programs and Services from The Wright Center