WADSWORTH: Independence Day in Wadsworth will begin on Wednesday with a fireworks display and continue on Thursday with a free concert by the Wadsworth Community Band.
The fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park with a four-phase program.
Onlookers can expect to see assorted color-changing star and salute shells, crosettes, twitter glittering, rings, color-changing chrysanthemums, wave willows, red and green falling leaves, multi-color peonies and thunderous salutes along with the iconic red, white and blue.
The display is expected to cost $8,000, of which more than $5,500 has already been collected from private donors. Donations are still being accepted.
In case of rain, the display will take place on Friday.
On Thursday at 7 p.m. the Wadsworth Community Band, under the direction of Dr. William I. Bauer, will perform "America the Beautiful" on the lawn of O.J. Work Auditorium, 151 Main Street.
Bauer, in a press release, noted the selections include Jeff Young on the clarinet performing "Concertino in Opus 26" and a clarinet trio of Donna Hoslar, Caroline Stilwell and Young will do "Pie in the Face Polka."
Bill Peters will be guest conductor for the march "Military Escort" and the band will perform "Duty, Honor and Country," based on a speech by General Douglas McArthur and narrated by Dr. Caesar Carrino.
Other selections include a trombone smear by the band's entire trombone section, music by George Gershwin and marches and patriotic favorites.
"The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa will conclude the concert.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
"Bring your lawn chairs and celebrate our nation's birth with an enjoyable evening of music with friends and neighbors," Bauer advises,
In case of rain, the performance will be moved inside O. J. Work Auditorium.