Thousands attend Johnstown Symphony Orchestra's Fourth of July concert
JOHNSTOWN -- A few thousand people packed into Point Stadium Tuesday night for the annual Johnstown Symphony Orchestra concert and fireworks display.
It was a great crowd and great music. Even though the symphony couldn't put on the show last year, they certainly made up for it this year.
American flags lined the stadium as the crowd shuffled in for a patriotic evening with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.
"It is so great to be back on July Fourth, performing for you to celebrate our nation's independence," music director James Blachly said to the crowd.
Thousands of people came to hear the music and celebrate America’s birthday.
"I'm really glad they have it because I like watching the fireworks and it's a free event which is really nice for when you don't have something to do," Nicolette Deyarmin said.
But some had to convince their kids to come along.
"We had to bribe my daughter to take a nap so she could stay up and watch the fireworks,” Julie Eppley said. “So she's pumped."
One thing not missing from the crowd was a lot of American pride.
"Most people are dressed in red, white and blue and showing their patriotism," Eppley said.
"I'm obviously very patriotic,” Deyarmin said. “I love to support our military, so this is a very nice event. I love it."
"When there's a patriotic song, we say flags up and they're up there standing and waving,” Francis Matten said. “Even the grandson has a little one. Don't trust him with a big one."
Lots of little kids were waving their flags and the orchestra played popular music; Everything from Harry Potter to Star Wars.
But many in the crowd took time from the festivities to thank those who serve our country, the reason we continue to celebrate our independence.
"Just thank all the veterans, because that's the reason why we're here mainly," Eppley said.
It’s an annual tradition many are happy to have back.