Fireworks, music, food and patriotic fervor are elements of the 18th annual Set the Night to Music Fireworks Extravaganza on Independence Day in the Hampton Inn parking lot and on William Street.
With such a large crowd typically attending the celebration of the nation's 238th birthday since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadalphia, city police have been gearing up to ensure the event is safe.
"We're ready," said city Police Capt. Michael Orwig. "We've been doing this for 18 years and have an operational plan in place."
The police have a command station positioned in the parking lot, he said. Susquehanna Health also provides a first aid station for anyone overcome by heat or for other medical emergencies. The city Bureau of Fire also has a presence.
"We want remind the people to be patient when it is over," Orwig said of the traffic congestion that he said always seems to be the "biggest concern for authorities."
For those who typically use William Street, it will be blocked to traffic at West Third Street as the vendors begin to set up their areas.
Bands performing on stage outside the Hampton Inn start up at 3 p.m. and continue until the fireworks at 9:45.
The Carl E. Stotz Memorial Little League Bridge on Market Street will be closed to pedestrian and motorists at 8:30 p.m. It will reopen about 10:30, according to the event organizers.
Also, the Susquehanna River Walk will be closed from 7:30 a.m. July 4 through 7:30 a.m. July 5, between Commerce Park Drive to Maynard Street. Signage will be posted of restrictions for pedestrians using the walking path in South Williamsport.
The state Fish and Game Commission will require all boats and watercraft to remain out of the river from at least 1,000 feet east and west of the Stotz bridge.
River Valley Transit officials said handicapped parking will be available on the first floor of the West Third and Church streets parking garages.
River Valley Transit will offer free trolley rides from all city parking lots to the fireworks and vendor areas from 6 through 10 p.m., with trolleys picking up people every 10 minutes.
Trolley ride stops for pickup and dropping off will be located at Mulberry and Edwin streets, Mulberry and Washington Boulevard, Market and Edwin streets, the Fifth Street parking lot, Hepburn Street plaza and at Court Street and Pine Street.
Several things are prohibited in the viewing and vendor areas. They include pets, tents, bicycles and private fireworks.
The following bands are set to perform:
3 p.m. - Uptown Music Collective
3:45 p.m. - Gray Valley
4:30 p.m. The Mad Trio
5:15 p.m. - Unncutt
6 p.m. - Wonderchunk
6:45 p.m. - Audiobox
7:30 p.m. - K.G. + 3
8:15 p.m. - Lazlo's Closet
9 p.m. - Wheelin' & Dealin'
9:30 p.m. - Jack Hoffman and the national anthem
10 p.m. - Lumpy Gravy (post fireworks)