Fireworks culminate 'Year of the University'


They say it’s better to go out with a bang! And Mercyhurst University will do just that when it concludes its “Year of the University” celebration with a Fourth of July party - complete with fireworks - at its North East campus.

Mercyhurst and Perry 200 are co-sponsoring the evening, which represents the culmination of a yearlong series of events marking the university’s transition from a college to a university.

“Mercyhurst University is really excited about sponsoring this Fourth of July Celebration,” said Ken Zirkle, Ph.D., chief operating officer at Mercyhurst North East. “We feel like an integral part of the North East community, and we are very appreciative of all the support we receive. This is just one of the ways Mercyhurst gets to say ‘thank you’ to the community.”

The evening begins at 7 with music by the Sam Hyman Band followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

The festivities are free and the public is welcome. Off-street parking is available. If you are in need of handicap parking, please call the university at 814-725-6100 for a pass and parking directions.

The 2012-13 academic year marked Mercyhurst’s first full year as a university. In addition to the Fourth of July Celebration, the university has held several events this year in honor of the new status, including The House that ’Hurst Built, a Habitat for Humanity project; the dedication of the new Mary Garden on the Erie campus; and hosting a free public lecture by investigative reporter and author Bob Woodward, famous along with Carl Bernstein in reporting the Watergate scandal.


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