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 [email protected].

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