Maybe it's the summer weather, or the sunshine. Or perhaps it's the smell of food, grilled and chilled, wafting over the ballpark. Or maybe it's just the fact that the Fourth of July is about to happen, and the whole city is ready to celebrate!

Whatever the cause, the free Patriotic Pops concert given by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic at Parkview Field is just the thing to do to enjoy the upcoming holiday. Gates and concessions will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 3. The concert begins at 8:30 and ends after dark. You do not need a ticket to get in.

Last year, over 6,200 concertgoers filled Parkview Field - so be prepared for a crowded venue. Come early so you don't have to search high and low for seats. The best places to sit are around home plate and along the first and home base lines. But if you want to sit out on the grass by second or third base, or you want to sit near the restaurants, you might be able to do that too. There will be staff ready and willing to help you find just the right spot.

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will be playing a variety of patriotic favorites, from Sousa marches to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Of special note is the piece, "The Journey of Johnny Tincap," which is a ode to Fort Wayne's own baseball mascot, Johnny. At the end of the concert will be a fireworks show with live orchestra music, including the famous "1812 Overture" by Tchaikovsky. Originally created to be performed with live cannons, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic ends of the "1812 Overture" is just as good with exploding pyrotechnics.

Concession stands will be open, so you can grab a snack or meal while you're enjoying the show. If you can't make it right at the beginning of the concert, don't worry - walk up when you get there. It's a very informal event, so people will be appearing in flip flops and shades, no black tie required!

If fireworks, free admission and a peppy crowd will make your celebration of the holiday perfect, then come on down to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic's Patriotic Pops!