WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE 28/WYOU 22 EYEWITNESS NEWS) — A return to normalcy Sunday in Wilkes-Barre as fireworks lit up the night sky for the first time in two years.
The fun began at 11 Sunday morning. PA Live! co-host Cvhris Bohinski kicked off Wilkes-Barre’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration with the National Anthem.
As Mayor George Brown watched people flock to Kirby Park, he said there was a lot to celebrate.
“We’re bringing Wilkes-Barre back, no doubt and today’s the beginning. And if you come down here today, and you see the people that are walking around smiling, saying hello, nice to see you again after a year and a half… That’s what this is about today,” Mayor Brown said.
“Actual freedom! So different from last year,” Erin Noldy of Kingston said.
Kids tested their bravery on amusement rides by going backwards on some of the rides. Everyone enjoyed live music and 30 local vendors. People also had the chance to get their COVID vaccine if they haven’t already.
“We’re offering Moderna and the J&J. We’re also giving an incentive, a $25 food voucher that they could use here at Kirby Park before the fireworks go off,” Wilkes-Barre Health Department associate director of personal health Delphine Torbik said.