NEWTON FALLS - The Newton Falls annual Lions Club carnival will be held 4 p.m. to midnight Thursday to Monday at the city park and feature amusement rides, games, food, entertainment, a parade and a fireworks finale.
The 65th annual Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday with a salute to World War II veterans. The parade floats begin lining up at 8 a.m. in front of the Church of God. A military flyover is planned.
WWII veterans are to be honored since the tradition of the parade and festival was started upon their return from the war.
The entertainment schedule includes a mix of '60s, '70s and '80s music played over the sound system on Thursday, the Calypso Gypsies Steel Drum Band from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Ginny and the Jettz from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, The Bridge from 8 p.m. to midnight Sunday and Bringing Benetar from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday.
There will be a live mass Zumba class at 6 p.m. on Sunday in the park tennis courts. The fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Monday.
This year, a moment of silence will be held for Carl Byer Jr., former car show chairman, and Nancy Moldovan, who donated time to the festival and helped raise money for the festival. They both died this year of cancer. Members of their families will start the fireworks display.
A raffle will be at 8 p.m. Monday at the city park. The grand prize is $5,000 along with other prizes. Tickets cost $10. Winners do not need to be present. The deadline to purchase tickets is 6 p.m. Monday.