Clear skies mean great fireworks weather

Students of Hayley Orndorf, Collin Dreese, left; Grayson Smith, center; and Aniya Andreacci, right; march in the Extended School Year Fourth of July parade at Williamsport Area Middle School on Monday morning.

Tonight’s firework displays should explode into clear skies, according to Craig Evanego, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s State College office.

“For Williamsport, it’s a mostly sunny day with fairly comfortable humidity. High temperatures (are) in the low 80s, pretty seasonable this time of year,” Evanego said.

Activities for those enjoying the holiday today should be under sunny and clear skies. Evanego said the skies will remain clear through the evening too.

As the nation celebrates its 241st anniversary since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, communities will gather, individuals and families will hold picnics, bands will perform on stage and fireworks will light up the evening sky.

Tonight will be Williamsport’s 22nd annual “Set the Night to Music Fireworks Extravaganza,” according to Backyard Broadcasting. It takes place at the Hampton Inn parking lot and along William and Church streets, which will be closed to traffic during the event.

The main activities start at 3 p.m. and continue after the fireworks at 9:45.

Activities include live bands on stage outside of the Hampton Inn and food and craft vendors in the parking lot and along William and Church streets.

Musical entertainment begins with students from the Uptown Music Collective on stage at 3 p.m.

Other bands and their approximate performance times include:

• Mums the Word, playing blues from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m.

• Remember, a band specializing in oldies, from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

• Lost Saints, a rock band, from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m.

• Scott Bird Band, country music, from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

• Noise Pollution, hard rock, 6:45 to 7:15 p.m.

• Flu Shots, pop music, from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

• Gabe Stillman & The Billtown Giants, blues, from 8:15 to 8:45 p.m.

• Aaron Kelly & Flipside, pop and country singer from Sullivan County who competed on “American Idol,” from 9 to 9:30 p.m.

• Lumpy Gravy, classic rock, after the fireworks.

“The skies should be mainly clear and (we’re) probably looking at temperatures falling through the 70s during the evening hours,” he said.

Later tonight, he said the temperatures should fall to a low in the 60s.

The Jersey Shore Town Meeting will continue all week. Tonight’s event will be David Zenter from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday will have the Survivors from 7 to 10 p.m.

“Wednesday looks like it should be morning sunshine giving way to some building clouds … slight chance of a late shower in the afternoon,” Evanego said. “Highs (will be) in the low 80s and lows Wednesday night in the mid 60s.”

Thursday will have the Jersey Shore Town Meeting grand parade kickoff at 6 p.m., but unfortunately, Evanego said there is a good chance of showers.

“Thursday looks like it’ll be a mostly cloudy day with a better chance of showers and thunderstorms, especially later in the day. Highs back up in the late 80s,” he said. “There’s a decent chance there will be some showers and thunderstorms.”

Immediately following the parade, the Baby Sweetheart and Queen Tiadaghton crowning will take place on the main stage in Jersey Shore.

Thursday’s evening entertainment will be Ben Thomas from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

“Thursday night lows will be in the upper 60s, and showers continue and persist into Friday as well,” Evanego said.

On Friday, Kenzi McCarter and Chris Ruble will perform from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Jersey Shore Town Meeting.

“Friday is chance of showers and thunderstorms; high in the low to mid 80s,” Evanego said.

Saturday, the last day of the Jersey Shore Town Meeting, will have Top Shelf from 6 to 10 p.m.

“Right now, it looks like by Saturday, we should be hopefully getting rid of the showery weather,” Evanego said. “It looks like it’ll be cooler and less humid with a high around 80 degrees.”

He said Sunday looks like mostly sunny with a high in the upper 70s.