Keep your weekend affordable with these suggestions of things to do for $20 or less

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The Fourth of July is here and if you’re planning on staying around town this weekend, here are 10 things to do in NEPA for $20 or less. We’ve got fireworks, music and fun in the sun.

American Freedom Festival: Free! A weekend of amusement rides, games, music, food court, merchandise vendors and fireworks on the Fourth of July — the perfect all-American day. Head to Dansbury Park on Day Street in East Stroudsburg between 5 and 11 p.m on July 3. From 3 to 11 p.m. July 4 and from 3 to 9 p.m. July 5. Call 570-350-1475 for more info.

Fireworks: Free! No Independence Day celebration would be complete without some fireworks, food and live music. Head to Tunkhannock High School, 135 Tiger Drive on July 3 at dusk. For more information call 570-836-1247.

Scrantastic Spectacular: Philharmonic and Fireworks: Free! Great weather, great music, great city. Head to the patriotic concert by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic followed by fireworks at dusk. Courthouse Square, downtown Scranton. 7:30 p.m. July 3. For more info call 570-341-1568.

Wyoming Monument Commemorative Observance: Free! Sometimes you need to take a minute from the brews, barbecues and craziness to pay tribute.Beginning at 10 a.m. on July 4, the annual Fourth of July ceremony with speakers, floral tributes and music will take place at the Wyoming Monument National Historic Site, Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming. For more info call 570-823-6244.

An Old-Fashioned Fourth: Free! Take a step back in time and celebrate Independence day in the city of Wilkes-Barre. The annual celebration with food and craft vendors, rides and games and a patriotic concert by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic followed by fireworks will take place starting at noon on July 4 at Kirby Park. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at dusk. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and call 570-208-4149 for more information.

Car Cruise, with music and giveaways. Sponsored by the Villa Capri Cruisers at the Assembly of God Church, 3364 Scranton/Carbondale Highway, Peckville. 4 to 9 p.m. July 5. 570-677-3878.

Big Bang Independence Day Celebration, with entertainment, games of chance, food, hot-dog eating contest and fireworks at dusk. Greater Nanticoke Area football field, off Kosciuszko Street, Nanticoke. 4 p.m. July 5. 570-735-2800.

Covington Fire Company Picnic, with Saturday fireworks, amusement rides, food stands, parade on Thursday night, DJ music on Wednesday and Thursday, and live music by The Fallen (Friday) and Farmer’s Daughter (Saturday). Covington Fire Department, 452 Daleville Highway, Moscow. 6 p.m. July 8 to 10; 3 p.m. July 11. 570-842-4130.

Summer Canoe Paddle: $5. Learn to paddle a canoe with all equipment provided. Beginners are welcome. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. July 5. Call 570-828-2319 for more information.

Golden Paddle: $5 a kayaking session especially for retirees with basic instruction followed by a float around Lake Frances. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 p.m. July 7. To register or for more information call 570-403-2006.

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