Hello, dedicated readers of The Inquirer Morning Newsletter.

First: We have your guide to the local places to be when things pop off this Fourth of July weekend.

Then: Cpl. Paul Wilkins finally returns to Pennsylvania more than 70 years after his death during the Korean War.

And: Local tenants are feeling the pressure of finding housing as the city’s eviction moratorium is scheduled to end today.

— Olayemi Falodun (morningnewsletter@inquirer.com)

Where to see fireworks and how to spend your long weekend

The skies are about to be just as lit as the people and parties this summer, and we have a list of places to go to break away from the mundane and get your Independence Day weekend cracking.

This year’s celebration of the Fourth of July also marks a return to more outdoor, in-person celebrations, including the city’s most notable event, Wawa Welcome America, an annual fireworks spectacle held at the Art Museum.

So, whether you’re looking for the big crowds and bangs or bright lights with a small gang, there are plenty of ways to be festive this holiday weekend. Service editor Jillian Wilson has your ultimate guide to this year’s July Fourth festivities.

More than 70 years later, this Korean vet’s remains were ID’d and returned home

In 1950, the Army said 19-year-old Cpl. Paul Wilkins of Bellwood, Blair County, went “missing in action” after arriving in Korea. He could not be identified when his remains were discovered and he was eventually buried in a Hawaiian cemetery.

But after 70-plus years, Wilkins’ remains were exhumed and identified, flown back to Bellwood last Wednesday, and buried there over the weekend.

Reporter Jason Nark met with Wilkins’ family to bring you his story.

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