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The 4th of July is kind of a big deal in Midland. Breathing life into this sleepy little town, it can easily bring hundreds of visitors in and out, throughout the two day celebration.
Kicking off the day before, the festivities begin with the opening of the carnival. As a child, watching the caravan of folded-up ferris wheels and aluminum food trucks wheel into town and take their positions at the “bottom” of the park, sparked my excitement. The anticipation of warm gyros with the cucumber sauce melting down your arm, sticky cotton candy, or powdered sugar laden funnel cake only a few blocks away from home.
The evening before the 4th consists of carnival food suppers, live music, and classic cars. Starting with the opening of the carnival at 4 p.m. The park – the center of most of the holiday festivities – will slowly begin to fill with with people of all ages. Children running around the rides. Teenagers in new outfits they had picked out specifically for the two days, wander around looking for friends. Parents attempting to socialize while chasing said children. Guys reminiscing about their Novas and Chargers while weaving through the Car Cruise, which starts at 6 p.m. The evening will be set to the backdrop of live music from Doctor Zoot, who will be playing from 7:30-9:30 p.m. After the carnival closes, the Wunder Bar will be the place to end the evening. Locals will pack in to catch up with old classmates, neighbors, and friends. However, it may make waking up for the parade a little more difficult in the morning.
Beginning in the early morning, the streets of town will be lined with picnic chairs to lay claim to prime parade-viewing locations (and shade), as well as out-of-town parking places. Traffic starts early, so it’s always good to get into town well before the parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. Adults and children alike will line the parade route, in their best 4th of July attire, eagerly awaiting catching the Tootsie Rolls and Dum-Dums, thrown from fire trucks and floats. It’s not a parade if your chest doesn’t vibrate from the high school marching band drums.
Praying for clear weather and moderate temperatures, families will have set up tents around the town and throughout the park. Festivities will be serenaded with the live music being played throughout the day. The carnival will be back in action after the parade is finished, even busier then the evening before. Insider tip: go to the Midland pool after the parade and prior to the evening festivities. You’ll see why it’s one of Beaver County’s best kept secrets.
As the day begins to draw to a close, after lots of picnic hopping, beer drinking, and funnel cake, everyone will pack into the park again. Set to the backdrop of carnival lights and patriotic music, beginning at 10 p.m., fireworks will light up the sky.
Happy 4th of July Everyone!
Wednesday, July 3rd
Carnival from 4 to 10 p.m.
Car Cruise 6 p.m.
Doctor Zoot 7:30- 9:30 p.m.
Thursday July, 4th
Parade 10 a.m.
Carnival opens after the parade until 10 p.m.
Maybrayz 1 p.m.
Sidewinder 3 p.m.
House of Soul 5 p.m.
Casanova 7 p.m.
Rudy Zets & Voices 9 p.m.
Fireworks 10 p.m.