BUCKS COUNTY >> From Quakertown to Yardley, Bucks County will celebrate the nation’s birthday with fireworks, band concerts and old-fashioned fun.
In Doylestown, the Fonthill Museum will again host its Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration. In Yardley Borough, the Blawenburg Band will perform a rousing, Star-Spangled concert inside the town’s historic community centre.
In Washington Crossing, three days of fun are planned, from the reading of the Declaration of Independence to a car show. And in Middletown and the Southamptons, Fourth of July Parades will march through town.
Here are some of the ways you can celebrate your independence:
An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration takes place at Fonthill Museum on July 4 from 12 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to celebrate their Independence with some old-fashioned fun. Festivities include a decorated bike parade, watermelon-eating contests, wheelbarrow and sack races, tug-of-war and live music. Food vendors will be available on-site. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for museum members; $1 for Youth (6-17) and free for children 5 and under. Tickets will be sold at the door by cash or check. Fonthill Castle is located at 525 East Court Street, Doylestown.
Peddler’s Village presents a “Red, White and Blue BBQ Bash” on July 4 from 12 to 5 p.m. at Rtes 202 and 263, Lahaska 18931. Admission is free. Come out for a Classic Barbecue Picnic at Peddler’s Village. They will be serving up all-American grilled favorites and featuring live music, family entertainment, and kids’ activities.
Shady Brook Farm presents its Summer unWINEd Concerts and fireworks display on Saturday, July 6 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. The concert will feature Radio Petty, a Tom Petty Tribute Band with wines by Rose Bank Winery, locally-brewed craft beer, signature cocktails featuring PA distilled spirits, food, lawn games, and loads of fun for the kids. There’s lots for everyone to do: giant jumping pillows, super fun playground, SBF 500 go carts, lawn games, Sports Challenge zone, obstacle course, all new Chicken Show and more. The event is only held weather permitting. There is a $12.50 cover charge with food and drinks available for purchase. Field opens at 5 p.m. with music starting at 6. The event is held weather permitting, no outside food or drinks please. INFO: shadybrookfarm.com/summer-fun/
The annual Fourth of July Parade begins at 1 p.m. at Second Street and Bustleton Pike and proceeds north to School Lane. The lineup includes Dixieland Music, String Bands, Jug Bands, Marching Bands, Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band, Antique Cars and Tractors, Police, Fire & EMT Units, Government Officials, Veterans, and other community floats, Baby Parade, Bicycles, and much more. Performance Areas – Bustleton Pike between Gerald & Rowland, Judges Stands, Bustleton Pike & Ruth Street, Bridgetown Pike between Milton & Woodbine Avenues. Prizes will be given to the winners of the best floats, bicycles, and babies. Winners will be announced on Channel 22 on July 5. Parade Volunteers Needed! Call 215-357-7300x301. The Raindate: is Saturday, July 6.
The annual Fourth of July Parade starts with a short ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park, 700 Veterans Hwy., Levittown at 9 AM. The parade will then march from the Veterans Memorial Park on Veterans Hwy. to Trenton Road. The parade then follows Trenton Road to Twin Oaks Park. Bleachers will be set up at the Middletown Community Center at 2140 Trenton Road and at Statesman Health & Rehabilitation Center at 2629 Trenton Road. Businesses along the route often set up hospitality tents for people to be able to watch the parade in comfort.
A free Community Patriotic Concert takes place on Wednesday evening, July 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. on the grounds of St. Bede the Venerable parish grounds at 1071 Holland Road. The Verdi Concert Band will perform patriotic melodies, music from several Broadway shows, a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces and Rock and Roll Remember, a tribute to the great rock hits of the 50s and 60s. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, flags and a bell to ring during the Liberty Bell March and the 1812 Overture. The Knights of Columbus will be selling food and drinks, including sausage and peppers, hot dogs, hamburgers, candy, soft pretzels, soda and water. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved inside.
The Fourth of July begins with a Baby Parade at 8:30 a.m at Firstrust Bank. It will be followed by the Southampton Days Parade stepping off at 9:30 a.m. on Jaymor Road. The parade will precede North on Second St. Pike to Klinger Middle School. A ceremony follows the parade at 11:30’a.m. with a flag raising ceremony, introduction, presentation of the “Citizen of the Year” and awarding of parade prizes in Lions Grove. You must be present to win prize. The Southampton Days Carnival will be closed from 12 to 6 p.m. and there will be no parking at Klinger. Handicap parking and transportation to and from the fair will be provided at Davisville Church. The fair will be open from 6 p.m. until closing with country fair activities, two concerts, fireworks, rides, Children’s games, food and bingo. There is a $3. General Admission Fee. Children 3 and Under are admitted for free. Starting at 6 p.m,, there will be free bus service from area Shopping Centers. Riders will be returned after the fireworks show. Expect up to 1hr wait for return to parking areas. At 7 p.m., Bonehead will perform at the Midway stage behind the Klinger Middle School and Great Big House will be appearing on the fireworks stage. Following the National Anthem at 9:30 p.m., the fireworks show begins at 9:35 p.m.
The 39TH Annual Revolutionary Run steps off on July 4 at Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road, with a 5K, 10K and a 1 Mile Fun Run. Presented by the Upper Makefield Business Association (UMBA). Pre-Registration before June 30: 1 mile fun run is $25 (free Commemorative T-Shirt), 5k and 10k - $35 (FREE Commemorative T-Shirt). Race Day Registration: 1 mile fun run - $30 (NO Commemorative T-Shirt), 5k and 10k - $40 (NO Commemorative T-Shirt). Register online atwww.revrunpa.com/race-day. All the profits raised go back into the community to the Upper Makefield Emergency Services, Upper Makefield Business Association Scholarship Fund and the UMBA Sunshine Fund for people in need. FREE PARKING.
The public is invited to spend the extended Independence Day weekend at Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA). The schedule of events includes:
Thursday, July 4 - See living historians demonstrate their crafts, tour historic buildings, and step into a military encampment from noon to 4 p.m. A highlight of the day will be readings of the Declaration of Independence at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Admission to the event, which will be held rain or shine, is $8 for people age 12 and over, $4 for children ages 5 to 11, and free for those under age five. Refreshments will be available for purchase. All proceeds from this event support educational and historical programming in the park.
Friday, July 5 - Free tours and admission in the historic village, Thompson-Neely House and Grist Mill, and Bowman’s Hill Tower will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours are first come, first served. No registration is required. Also on this day, local families can compete in a morning of spirited colonial competition. At Colonial Field Day at 10 a.m., families or groups will be pitted against each other in some of the most popular games and activities from the 18th century. This event is free, but registration is required by calling the park at 215-493-4076.
Saturday, July 6 - Car lovers are invited to attend the second annual “Rebels & Redcoats Classic Car Show” on this day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In keeping with the park’s revolutionary history, this free show will feature only classic American, French, British and German cars, representing the four major countries involved in the Revolutionary War. The show will be held in the parking lot diagonal to the park’s Visitor Center and across River Road. Washington Crossing Historic Park is located at the intersection of Routes 32 and 532 in Bucks County. To see a complete list of events happening in the park, visit WashingtonCrossingPark.org.
The Blawenburg Band returns to the Yardley Community Centre on July 4th for a rousing Star-Spangled concert featuring John Philip Sousa’s marches, a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces, patriotic pieces and more. The concert begins at 4 p.m. at the Yardley Community Centre. Tickets at $15 each are available at Bucks Ship & Print and Mil-Lees or by calling 215-493-0258.
Fireworks Shows in Bucks County
New Hope >> Catch a display in the sky with a backdrop of the Delaware River. Head to New Hope on July 5 at 9:30 p.m. for fireworks over the water. Then, save the date - another show is scheduled for Friday, August 2.
Middletown Township >> Celebrate the Fourth with everyone’s favorite furry friends at Sesame Place, with a special one-night-only fireworks show on July 4 at 9 p.m.
Upper Southampton >> Stop by the Annual Southampton Days Country Fair for rides, games, and activities from July 1-5. On the Fourth, show off your patriotic side at the annual parade and an evening fireworks show.
Lower Makefield >> Shady Brook Farm presents its Summer UnWINEd concert series on July 6. Enjoy fireworks along with Radio Petty, a Tom Petty tribute band, from 5-10:30 p.m.
Quakertown >> Celebrate the Fourth at Quakertown’s annual Community Day, featuring a car show, live entertainment, parade, and more! Stick around as the community lights up the night sky with a special fireworks display.
Doylestown >> Catch fireworks in Doylestown at Central Park, 425 Wells Road, on Sunday, July 7. Local cover band Bigg Romeo will perform at 7 p.m. with the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. There is a $5 fee to park. The park opens at 5 p.m. The rain date is July 14. For information, visitwww.Doylestownrec.org.