Gettysburg College will host two concerts to celebrate Independence Day on July 3 and 4. The college will also serve as a prime viewing location for the Fourth of July fireworks.

The concerts are free and open to the public. Both will starting at 8 p.m. on the north side of Pennsylvania Hall, located near North Washington and West Stevens streets. Guests should take blankets or chairs. The College's Servo food truck will also be on site.

The July 3 concert will feature the Pennsylvania All-State Lions Band led by music director Russ McCutcheon, director of bands in the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. They will be playing patriotic songs, jazz, Broadway and crowd favorites.

The July 4 Gala Orchestra Concert will feature members of the Metta Ensemble and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra led by Alexander Kahn, associate professor of music and director of orchestral activities at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music, and Norman Nunamaker.

Patriotic music will be played with special appearances by actor Stephen Lang and Majestic Theater Executive Director Jeffrey Gabel. The event is sponsored by Gettysburg College's Majestic Theater, President's Office and Sunderman Conservatory of Music.

Following the July 4 concert, the Independence Day fireworks, sponsored by Destination Gettysburg, will be launched in the vicinity of campus and Mummasburg Road at 9:30 p.m.


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The best viewing location is in the grassy area in front of the College's Health Center, located along West Lincoln Avenue.