A ‘firecracker’ of a Fourth

By on July 3, 2012

Ephrata is gearing up for a sizzling Independence Day, beginning bright and early with the Ephrata War Memorial Association’s 35th annual Firecracker Run.

With temperatures forecasted by accuweather.com to continue in the 90s through the rest of the week, Firecracker participants may find welcome relief in the chance of a scattered shower. The annual event will include a five-mile race and a two-mile fun run, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at War Memorial Field at Ephrata Senior High School. Race-day registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. For more information, call 738-1167 or visit ephratarec.com.

The holiday festivities will continue later in the day with Community Fun Night held at Ephrata Church of the Brethren, 201 Crescent Ave., adjacent to the Lincoln Heights area where Ephrata’s fireworks are set off. Visitors may come out and enjoy an evening of fun for the whole family, beginning at 5 p.m. Games will start at 6 p.m.

Live music will be provided by the Rock and Roll Time Machine. Also offered will be juggling demonstrations by the DKers (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.), pony rides (6 to 8 p.m.), games, inflatables, a barrel train ride and a variety of food.

Admission is free as well as kids games, inflatables, barrel wagon rides, face tattoos, spin art and popcorn. A food stand and milkshake stand will be available, and parking will be provided by donation. Door prizes will be awarded at 9 p.m. and have been donated by local businesses. Register at the welcome table for a chance to win.

Look for more information at facebook.com/ephrata4th or call 733-1229.

The day will culminate with the ever-popular fireworks display once again set off by Schaefer Pyrotechnics. The show is set to go off at 9:30 p.m. on July 4 from the current location behind the Ephrata Middle School, where it has been since moving from War Memorial Field 12 years ago. The rain date is July 5.

Visitors to Fun Night should note that there will be new traffic patterns in the Lincoln Heights area for this event, so patience following the fireworks display is appreciated.

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