It was a celebration in typical Shamokin style, and the day offered something for everybody - good food, great entertainment, a spectacular parade and, to cap it all off, a dazzling fireworks display.

People arrived on Independence Street early to set up chairs for a concert by the popular Mahoney Brothers. Live music continued at a stage across from Wendy's prior to the parade, with an appearance by the band Autumn.

The Mahoneys kicked off their concert with Neil Diamond's "America," celebrating not only America, but Shamokin as well. They traveled through the 60s with more of Diamond and eventually included the Beatles. The crowd viewing the Mahoneys was not limited to Shamokin citizens, of course.

Neighboring communities, including Mount Carmel, was well represented. Paula and Greg Grebush admitted they were a bit disappointed they didn't win the Camaro that the parade committee chanced off, but they said they were thrilled to help celebrate Shamokin and planned to stay for more music and the parade later.

The Shamokin Rotary was stationed at the car show on Independence Street with Mike Buriak, past president, selling custom-made pillows. The pillows are handmade by a woman from the Selinsgrove area who takes past pictures of the town, such as the Glen Burn, downtown, and the Purple Demon logo and implants them on fabric. Buriak was selling the pillows as part of a fundraiser for the Santa Sleigh and other numerous activities held for the city. The pillows, which cost about $40, can be ordered at any time by contacting Buriak at 570-847-0191.Harry J. Deitz/For The News-Item