Celebrate Independence Day in one of America's most historic towns as Gettysburg College teams up with Destination Gettysburg for the sixth annual "Gettysburg Community Fourth of July Patriotic Pops Concert & Fireworks" on July 4, starting at 6 p.m.

This Fourth of July celebration is part of a week-long commemoration of the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, fought in 1863. The commemoration kicks off Sunday, June 30 with a variety of programs and activities through Gettysburg National Military Park and several historic sites around the Gettysburg region including the George Spangler Farm, Daniel Lady Farm, Rupp House and others. The week wraps up with the Annual Gettysburg Civil War Re-enactment, July 5-8.

"The Fourth of July fireworks and concert help bridge the gap between some of our signature anniversary events and gives visitors a reason to stay an extra day, or arrive a day early and enjoy one of the best Independence Day celebrations in the region," said Norris Flowers, president of Destination Gettysburg.

The first free concert begins at 6 p.m. with local legends "The Willys," playing folk and classic rock, before the Gala Pops Orchestra takes the stage to perform American tunes and marches until fireworks launch at approximately 9:30 p.m.

The concert and fireworks typically draw between 3,000 and 5,000 spectators and includes vendors, food trucks, free parking, and plenty of room for children to play. Also, beer and wine from local breweries and wineries will be available for purchase.

The field and concessions open at 5 p.m. at the college's Science Center lawn off Constitution Avenue. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and/or a picnic. Parking is available on the Gettysburg College campus. Rain date for the fireworks is Tuesday, July 5.

For a list of events, visit https://bit.ly/2tiq3ax.

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