NEIGHBORHOODS: Communities celebrate with fireworks displays, parades and more this Fourth of July

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Fireworks, etc.
*Skippack’s Fourth of July parade begins at 11 a.m. July 4, traveling down Skippack Pike through Skippack Village. The annual barbecue at the Parc Bistro starts at 3 p.m., and fireworks start at dusk in Palmer Park, near Skippack Elementary School, with parking areas off of Heckler Road and Creamery Road.

*A fireworks display at dusk (at approximately 9:15 p.m.) July 5 is part of the annual Ambler Kiwanis Club Carnival July 1-5 at Wissahickon High School, 521 Houston Road, Lower Gwynedd. Donations for the fireworks are encouraged.    (NOTE: The date of the fireworks has changed from the original scheduled July 3 date.)
*Tickets are on sale now for the Fireworks & Fountains show July 4 at Longwood Gardens, Routes 1 and 52, Kennett Township. Guests may reserve a space in the viewing area after 3 p.m. For the best viewing experience, guests are encouraged to bring a lightweight folding chair. Rental chairs can be purchased for $5 each (while supplies last). Blankets are not permitted. For more information and tickets, go to www.longwoodgardens.org.
*Conshohocken’s Independence Day fireworks have been rescheduled for July 12 in Sutcliffe Park, West Ninth and Freedley streets.
*A parade is held July 4, starting in Abington at VFW Post 676, Jenkintown and Edge Hill roads, proceeding east along Jenkintown Road, turning south onto Easton Road, then east on Waverly Road. The “America the Beautiful” Fireworks will be launched around 9 p.m. July 4 over Abington High School, 900 Highland Ave., Abington.
*The fireworks of the Narberth Fourth of July Celebration are set for 9:30 p.m. July 4 at the Narberth Playground, 100 Conway Ave., Narberth. Daytime activities begin at 10 a.m., including music and food.
*Waltz Golf Farm, 303 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick, has a fireworks display that will start at around 9:45 p.m. July 4.
*Norristown has an Independence Day parade and celebration scheduled July 4. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. from Airy and Swede streets. Entertainment will be presented at the Fire Chiefs Memorial Bandshell from noon to 4 p.m. A fireworks display starts at dusk, launching from Elmwood Park on Harding Boulevard.
* The Lower Providence Township fireworks and concert original scheduled for Thursday, July 3, have been canceled. They have not been rescheduled at this time.
*Upper Merion Township will have fireworks at dusk July 4 in Heuser Park, 694 W. Beidler Road. The Mango Men will perform at 4:45 p.m. Bring your own seating and money for dinner. There will also be rides and games starting at 3 p.m.
*July 4 is Downingtown Good Neighbor Day. Held in Kerr Park in Downingtown , it starts with the Run for Life (5K, 10K and 15K) and 5K Freedom Walk at 8 a.m. Throughout the day, enjoy food, 80-100 craft exhibitors and a fireworks show at dusk. For more information, and to register for races, go to www.goodneighborday.com.
* The 23rd annual Freedom Fest runs 6 to 11 p.m. July 5 at Nottingham County Park, 150 Park Road, Nottingham. The event features food, activities, live music and a fireworks display. There is no admission fee to Freedom Fest, but there is a $10 per vehicle parking fee at Nottingham County Park and the Herr’s Corporate Center. Field seating is available for both the stage performances and the fireworks show. Early arrival is encouraged, and blankets and lawn chairs recommended. For questions, contact (610) 932-2589 or check www.chesco.org/ccparks.
*A fireworks display is one of the highlights Pennridge Community Day, beginning at noon July 6 in Lenape Park, Route 152, Perkasie. Events include canoe races, a baby parade, a watermelon eating contest, music and more. Check out www.pennridgecommunityday.org or call (215) 453-7883.
*Six Flags Great Adventure, Route 537, Jackson, N.J., will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks displays after sundown July 4-6. Admission discounts are online for $41.99 at www.sixflags.com/greatadventure.
*Quakertown Borough’s Community Day is held 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4 at Memorial Park, off West Mill Street, Quakertown. The day begins with a pancake breakfast, and continues with a car show, parade, baseball, live entertainment and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
*Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, hosts a Fourth of July BBQ at Sesame Place July 4. Enjoy an open air, traditional holiday barbecue in Big Bird’s Riverside Pavilion at either 5 or 7:30 p.m. Then a fireworks show set to “Sesame Street” music. Paid park admission is required in addition to dine reservations. See http://sesameplace.com/en/langhorne/events/fourth-of-july-bbq or call (866) GO-4-ELMO.
Parades, etc.
*Pottstown’s Fourth of July festivities begins with the Patriotic 5K Run, which starts and ends on The Hill School campus. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the run at 8. Parking is available at the Hill School’s Center For The Arts parking lot, Beech and Sheridan streets. Call (610) 970-6618 for information. A parade will be held on July 4, starting at High and Keim streets, beginning at 10:15 a.m. In addition to fire trucks from numerous fire companies, the parade will include performances by the Boyertown Alumni Band, the Hamilton Celtic Pipe Band, the Reading Rajah Temple, several church groups and the Roller Derby Rock Stars.
*All ages are welcome to participate in the North Wales Borough Fourth of July Parade at 11:15 a.m. July 4. Bikes, wagons, scooters, antique/unusual cars, floats and performers should arrive at 10:45. Stepping off from the parking lot at Action Karate, 122 N. Main St., the parade travels from Main Street to Weingartner Park. The picnic will include an opening ceremony, music, food, games, prizes and a pie eating contest.
*The Upper Salford Red, White and Blue Parade will take place at 10 a.m. July 4. The parade will line up on Potato Road at 9:15 a.m. and proceed down Old Skippack Road to the Upper Salford Firehouse, where refreshments will be available.
* The 184th annual Parade of Churches and Sunday Schools will be held on July 4 in Roxborough. The Parade starts at Lyceum Avenue at Manayunk Avenue, proceeding along Lyceum Avenue. This year’s lead church will be The Salvation Army, who are celebrating 125 years of service. According to 21st Ward Fourth of July Association tradition, the lead church chooses the parade theme. The members of The Salvation Army Roxborough Citadel Corps, under the pastorate of the Rev. Maj. Glenn Snyder, have chosen Joshua 1:9 (God’s Word Translation): “I have commanded you, ‘Be strong and courageous! Don’t tremble or be terrified, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’”
*New Britain Township and New Britain and Chalfont boroughs hold their Tri-Municipal Fourth of July Parade at 9:30 a.m. July 4. It begins at the Town Center Shopping Center, Route 202, New Britain Borough and ends at North Branch Park, 207 Park Ave., New Britain Township.
Proud heritage
It’s everything Pennsylvania Dutch at the Kutztown Folk Festival, running 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through July 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 6, at the fairgrounds at 225 N. Whiteoak St., Kutztown. Admission is $14, $13 for seniors, $5 for students 13-17, $7 after 5 p.m., $24 for an all-festival pass. Call (888) 674-6136 or visit www.kutztownfolkfestival.com.
Throwback fun
*The Rising Sun Inn, 898 Allentown Road, Franconia Township, celebrates Independence Day 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 4 with buffalo hot dog eating contests, a chili cook-off, a quoits tournament and a dunk booth for charity. These activities are free and a concession stand will be available. See a detailed schedule at www.risingsuninn.net/independence-day-celebration.
*An Independence Day program is offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4 at the Daniel Boone Homestead, 400 Daniel Boone Road, Birdsboro. Learn about the militia, Continental Army and riflemen of the Revolutionary War and see demonstrations of blacksmithing and gun building. Children’s activities include a military muster, colonial toys and games and crafts. Admission is $6, $4 for children 4-12, and includes a pulled pork sandwich, two sides and a drink. Call (610) 582-4900.
* Fonthill Museum’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration takes place on the castle’s grounds, East Court Street and Route 313, Doylestown, from noon to 4 p.m. July 4. The day’s festivities kick off with the Children’s Decorated Bike Parade at 12:30 p.m. After the parade, try your hand at games like tug-o-war, watermelon eating contests, an obstacle course, town ball (19th century baseball), cakewalk (musical chairs), sack races, stilt walking, bucket brigade relays and wheelbarrow races. Other activities include face painting, crafts and storyteller Robin Moore. Performing patriotic music and old-time songs are the Sellersville Merry Makers, the Galena Brass and autoharp player Marti Rogers. There will also be a strolling barbershop quartet from the Bucks County Country Gentleman. Admission to tour the castle is $3, $2 for seniors, $1 for children, and free for members. Guests are welcome to picnic on the grounds or purchase food from one of the on-site vendors. Gate admission will be $4, $2 for members, $1 for children 5-17. Call (215) 348-9461 or visit www.fonthillmuseum.org.
*One of several programs happening in Historic Germantown, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 4, Stenton, 4601 N. 18th St., Philadelphia, will host an Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration, with hot dogs, make-your-own ice cream, creating an American flag-themed fan, mingling with Benjamin Franklin, colonial games, and music by Run of the Mill String Band. This event is free but reservations are appreciated by calling (215) 329-7312 or emailing programs@stenton.org.
Also, visit www.freedomsbackyard.com.
*Rock Ford Plantation will be hosting “The Birth of Independence” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 6. Experience Independence Day the way it would have been celebrated in Federal America with music, games, contests, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and re-enactors portraying veterans from the American Revolution. Rock Ford Plantation is at 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster. Admission is $8, $7 for seniors 65+, $6 for children ages 6-12. For more information, visit www.rockfordplantation.org or call (717) 392-7223.
*Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 Outer Line Drive, Upper Merion, hosts a Community Picnic in the Park July 4 with artillery demonstrations, historical games, an all-American cook-out, music and more. The picnic will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Visitor Center front lawn. Learn about the meaning of the American flag and the role the Valley Forge encampment played in securing our freedom from Great Britain. Pack a picnic or purchase hot dogs and hamburgers on-site. Living history and artillery demonstrations will take place at the Muhlenberg Brigade Hut. Call (610) 783-1099.
Music highlights
*The Souderton Concert Sundaes series presents a free concert with The Allentown Band, the includes patriotic music and marches, at 7 p.m. July 6 at the Maurice W. Foulke Bandshell in Souderton Community Park, Route 113 and Reliance Road. Ice cream, hot dogs, pizza and beverages are available for purchase. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at Indian Crest Middle School, Route 113, Franconia Township.
*Awesome Fest, an eight-week celebration of music and film, continues through Aug. 17 at various Philadelphia venues. Upcoming screenings include the double feature of “Sid and Nancy” and a 30th anniversary celebratory screening of “Repo Man” at 8 p.m. June 30 at the Trocadero Theater, 1003 Arch St. For tickets and a complete schedule, see www.theawesomefest.com.
*Foreigner, Styx, and Eagles guitarist Don Felder will be on stage at 8 p.m. July 3 for the 102.9 WMGK Let Freedom Rock Fest at the Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. Tickets range from 27-$128.25. Call (856) 365-1300.
Let freedom ring
Sellersville will take part in the Fourth of July National Bell Ringing ceremony at 10:30 a.m. July 4. The site will be the Sellersville Museum, 120 E. Church St. Call (215) 257-5075.
Art adventures
*Montgomery County Community College will host “The Artists’ Model,” an exhibition featuring 10 professional artists, through Aug. 14 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. The artists, who have met weekly for more than 30 years to paint, draw and sculpt, all use a live model as inspiration. The exhibition features oil paintings, charcoals, silverpoint, watercolors, pencil, pastel and clay. For more information, contact MCCC Galleries Director Holly Cairns at (215) 619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.
*“Out of This World: Works by Steve Tobin” is now on view and continues through Oct. 26 at the James A Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $18, $17 for seniors, $16 for students, $8 for youths 6-18. Visit www.michenerartmuseum.org or call (215) 340-9800.
Kids and nature
The following free public programs sponsored by Montgomery County Parks, Trails & Historic Sites are offered at Norristown Farm Park, Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton. Bring binoculars and meet in parking lot No. 2. Preregistration is required by calling (610) 270-0215.
*“Birds for Kids,” ages 5 and up, 9 a.m. July 5.
*“Morning Bird Walk,” ages 10 and up, 8 a.m. July 6.
Raise a glass
*Chaddsford Winery’s Red, White & BBQ is noon to 7 p.m. July 4-5 and noon to 6 p.m. July 6 on the winery grounds, 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford. Highlights include live music, food for purchase, wine tastings ($10 per tasting), wine available by the glass and wine slushies. Admission is free. Check www.chaddsford.com.


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