Sunshine for days

The nation’s 238th birthday will be dry and mostly sunny, setting the tone for a weekend whose temperatures will hover around the low 80s, according to John LaCorte of the National Weather Service in State College.

LaCorte said not to expect any more rain in the area until Monday.

The skies will be clear over the weekend, offering an unobstructed look at the fireworks display in downtown Williamsport tonight for the city’s 18th annual Set the Night to Music Fireworks Extravaganza in the Hampton Inn parking lot and on William Street.

The first of many bands performing tonight will start at 3 p.m. and the music will continue until the fireworks display at 9:45 p.m.

A few things to keep in mind for those attending the event:

The Carl E. Stotz Memorial Little League Bridge on Market Street will be closed to pedestrian and motorists at 8:30 p.m. It will reopen about 10:30, according to the event organizers.

The Susquehanna River Walk will be closed from 7:30 a.m. July 4 through 7:30 a.m. July 5, between Commerce Park Drive to Maynard Street. Signage will be posted of restrictions for pedestrians using the walking path in South Williamsport.

The state Fish and Game Commission will require all boats and watercraft to remain out of the river from at least 1,000 feet east and west of the Stotz bridge.

River Valley Transit officials said handicapped parking will be available on the first floor of the West Third and Church streets parking garages.

River Valley Transit will offer free trolley rides from all city parking lots to the fireworks and vendor areas from 6 through 10 p.m., with trolleys picking up people every 10 minutes.

Trolley ride stops for pickup and dropping off will be located at Mulberry and Edwin streets, Mulberry and Washington Boulevard, Market and Edwin streets, the Fifth Street parking lot, Hepburn Street plaza and at Court Street and Pine Street.

More events today:

The Williamsport Crosscutters will play a doubleheader against the Auburn Doubledays at noon at Bowman Field, 1700 W. Fourth St. Spectators may celebrate the holiday at the ballpark with a hot dog eating contest, two-for-one soft drinks, pint beer specials, free popcorn from noon to 1 p.m., Launch-a-Ball and a chance to qualify to win a $1,000 Lycoming Mall gift card.

The Repasz Band presents its annual Old Time Fourth of July Concert, with Sousa marches, patriotic melodies and hit tunes from Broadway, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Village Green, Route 43, Eagles Mere.

The Watsontown Fourth of July celebration will take place all day at the Watsontown Memorial Park, located south of town along Dickson Avenue and Route 405. There will be music, vendors, face painting, a car show, an arm wrestling challenge, a horseshoe tournament and more. The celebration will end with a fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.

The Watsontown Fourth of July parade will take place at 10 a.m. at Watsontown Elementary School and travel down Main Street to the Watsontown Memorial Park, located south of town along Dickson Avenue and Route 405.

Liberty Fest will take place all day Friday and Saturday at 173 Taylor Run Road, Roaring Branch.

Saturday’s events:

The Williamsport Crosscutters will celebrate military appreciation night as they take on the Auburn Doubledays at 7:05 p.m. at Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field, 1700 W. Fourth St. Donate your used cellphones to Cell Phones for Soldiers, and receive a free hot dog and soda at the game. The used phones will be turned into calling cards and distributed to soldiers serving overseas.

The first 1,000 fans will receive a special card set highlighting local military heroes. Fans with valid proof of military service will receive free general admission at the box office.