The Weather: Musikfest ends on a high-note, with mostly sunny skies and a high of 84 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature is expected to drop to 60 degrees at night.
The Headliner: Boston’s 36-year-old eponymous debut album is a non-negotiable requirement of every classic rock radio station’s playlist. Most of the band’s best-known hits – More Than a Feeling, Long Time and Peace of Mind – are contained within that one LP. With 17 million copies sold, it is still the second best selling debut album in U.S. history. Tom Scholz and the boys hit the Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza at 8 p.m. Tickets at $47 and $37 are still available. Gates open at 6.
The Highlight: Fireworks, 9:45 p.m. You can see some pretty good pyrotechnics displays all across the Lehigh Valley on July 4. The IronPigs put on a good show every Friday during the baseball season. But the mother of all fireworks displays around here is the Musikfest extravaganza that comes on festival finale night every year. Shot off from Sand Island, there are good vantage points in the North and South sides including Payrow Plaza at City Hall, the SteelStacks campus, the festival grounds around Banana Island and Plaza Tropical, even the roof of the Walnut Street parking deck.
Other Highlights: It’s Godfrey Daniels Day at Liederplatz (the Sun Inn Courtyard). Hear some of the venerable listening club’s favorite acts from noon until 8 p.m. The Philly Songwriter Project bring five of its best young singer/songwriters to the Lyrikplatz stage inside the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks from 5 until 10 p.m.
Get You Some Church: It’s time for the annual Polka Mass at Festplatz, starting at 10 a.m.
For the Little Ones: The Wild West is the theme at the Peeps & Company Craft Tent at Banana Island. Live music by The Fuzzy Lemons, The Deedle Deedle Dees and Dave Fry.
The Best of the Free Platzes: The Rob Stoneback Band from Whitehall recreates the Swing Era sound with a tight 17-piece big band and two singers. Bring your dancing shoes to Festplatz at 4 p.m. If you love the “Gypsy Jazz” sound of Django Reinhardt, then you will most likely enjoy Hot Club Philly, which will play the Jazz Cabaret Stage inside the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks at 5:30 p.m. and again at 7:30. The Craig Thatcher Band has been one of – if not the most popular locally based band around the Lehigh Valley. If you love classic rock and blues, find out why at Americaplatz (the Levitt Pavilion) at 8:30 p.m.