4th of July is right around the corner! And while many of Bucks County's usual festivities are cancelled this year, you can still find ways to celebrate Independence Day with your family.

(Please note that many businesses are waiting to hear if we'll be “green” in time for these events to take place. Details are subject to change.) 

EVENTS

Wawa Welcome America Virtual Activities

When: Sunday, June 28 – Saturday, July 4
Where: Streaming live on welcomeamerica.com

This year, the popular Philly tradition is going virtual with a week of daily livestream concerts, virtual museum tours and behind-the-scenes experiences. On July 4, Cynthia Erivo and Jason Derulo (and others) will perform live from Live Nation's The Met Philadelphia. The concert will be broadcast on NBC10 as well as online.

Pick-Your-Own at Shady Brook Farm

When: Wednesday, July 1 – Sunday, July 5
Where: 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley

Shady Brook will offer wagon rides out to the fields to pick your own blueberries or wild flowers. Please wear masks when checking in, paying and when social distancing is difficult.

Live Music at Shady Brook Farm

When: Friday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley

Shady Brook isn't able to host their fireworks show this year, but they will be bringing back like music this weekend! Enjoy patio seating, and food & drinks from Stone's Throw. Danny Lynch Duo will be performing Friday night, and witZend Lite will be performing on Saturday. Reservations are recommended.

4th of July Motorcade of Lower Middletown Township

When: Saturday, July 4 starting at approximately 9:20 a.m.
Where: Neighborhoods in Lower Middletown, see graphic for details

Middletown Township's usual 4th of July parade is cancelled this year. But Jay's Steak & Hoagie Joint (our 2020 Happening List Winner for Cheesesteak!) is bringing you a safe and fun way to celebrate the holiday with a motorcade that will be driving through Lower Middletown Township. They're asking that participants donate $5, which will go towards Middletown Township Police Department's Shop with a Cop event. And if you're coming outside to watch the event, consider donating some non-perishable goods that Jay's will be donating to local food banks. If you donate, you'll be rewarded with $5 in Jay's Bucks! More details in the video below:

Falls Township Summer Concert Series Kickoff

When: Sunday, July 5 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Falls Township Community Park, 9125 Mill Creek Road, Levittown

This summer series will make its kickoff on Sunday, July 5 with Big Band from the Valley. Social distancing will be encouraged.

FOOD & DRINK

Corn on the cob, barbecue, apple pie, cold beer. There are so many foods that are perfect for celebrating the U S of A! Here's a list of some local spots that are hosting events, offering outdoor seating or takeout, or are ideal for 4th of July shopping. For even more food ideas, visit the Food & Drink section of our 2020 Summer Guide! We have a great list of frozen treats, seasonal menus and outdoor dining.

Steam Pub – Happening List Winner for Late Night Dining, Finalist for Appetizer, Happy Hour & Specialty Cocktails

606 2nd Street Pike, Southampton
215-942-6468

Steam Pub is now open for outdoor and limited indoor seating! Their summer menu has plenty of seasonal flavors like the Strawberry Turkey Burger with pickled strawberries and blueberry agave mayo and Summer Berry Salad with spinach, strawberries and blueberries, goat cheese, pecans and raspberry vinaigrette. In deck addition to burgers, crab cakes, tacos and more, you can also get craft cocktails either on the deck or to-go! Steam Pub's takeout shop is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call to place an order or order online for delivery through DoorDash/GrubHub.

Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn

11 Bridge Street, Lambertville
609-397-8300

The Lambertville Station is just over the Lambertville-New Hope Bridge, so even though it's technically in Hunterdon County (and a repeat Happening List Winner/Finalist over there), it's worth venturing ever so slightly out of Bucks. They just announced a new summer menu that you can enjoy via takeout, or dine outside!

Smoke'n Dudes BBQ (Bensalem) – Happening List Finalist for Catering

If you're looking for anything related to barbecue DIY, Smoke'n Dudes has you covered. They offer a huge lineup of BBQ smokers, pellet grills and pig roasters, plus rubs, sauces and cooking gadgets. Not to mention a great selection of meats! And if you prefer to let the pros do the work, there's a reason Smoke'n Dudes was voted a Happening List Finalist for catering. Check out their menu of pork, ribs, pig roast, sides and more.

Moss Mill Brewing Company (Huntingdon Valley) – Happening List Finalist for Brewery

Moss Mill Brewing Company will have live music from Harry Walther on Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by a car show (“Cruise & Brewz”) on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Bishop Estate Vineyard & Winery (Perkasie) – 2020 Happening List Winner for Winery

Bishop Estate Vineyard is hosting a weekend of festivities! Come out on Friday night for music by John McDevitt and food from G'Day Gourmet. On Saturday, Blend the Band will perform, and Uncle Bob's Food Truck will be on site.

Lucky Well at Valley Square (Warrington)

Lucky Well at Valley Square will be reopening Friday, July 3 with socially distanced outdoor dining, curbside pickup and delivery through UberEats and DoorDash. There will be a car show in the back, and The Meat Mercenaries will have their big smoker trailer going out back, too.

Snipes Farm Market

890 W. Bridge Street, Morrisville (come to the main entrance and follow the “CSA” signs to the large parking lot of the Big Red Barn)

Summer is THE time for the best fresh produce! Shop the Farm Market at Snipes Farm on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All produce is certified organic and grown right there at the farm! In addition to veggies like head lettuce, spinach, asparagus and radishes, they also sell herb, vegetable and flowering plants, annuals and perennials for your garden. You'll also find flower bouquets, their home-grown wellness tonic “Mighty Cider,” honey, fruit butters, and their new CBD tincture and salve made from hemp organically grown on Snipes Farm. Plus – half of the food grown at Snipes Farm is donated to people in need, so it's a great local business to support. The farm market is held in a large parking lots with lots of room for social distancing. They are following government and agricultural guidelines for sanitation and safe practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Basil Bandwagon Natural Market

Clinton- 38 Old Hwy 22 | 908-735-3822
Flemington- 276 US Hwy 202/31 | 908-788-5737
Lambertville- 239 N. Union St | 609-460-4500 NEW LOCATION NOW OPEN!
Stock up on your favorite backyard picnic staples at Basil Bandwagon. Grilling meats, fresh produce, salads from their farm-to-market cafes, frozen treats, deet-free bug spray, natural sunscreen and more. Basil Bandwagon is open for in-store shopping, curbside pickup and delivery.

ACTIVITIES

(photo by Michelle Reese)

If you'd rather keep things closer to home, here are some ideas of things you can do with just your family or a few friends.

  • Get out the water table, slip n' slide, water balloons and more! Click HERE for a huge list of water activities you can do in your yard.
  • Horse shoes, bocce, croquet, badminton, ladder golf, and more. This is the time to bring out ALL the yard games!
  • Challenge your group to some historical trivia with this free printable found HERE.
  • Enjoy time outside at one of the local parks. Find a list of suggestions in the Outside Fun section of our 2020 Summer Guide.
  • Always a 4th of July favorite … have a traditional backyard barbecue. Visit a local Farmers Market or one of our Happening List Winners such as Altomonte's or Organnons to create your spread.
  • Go out for ice cream! (Bonus points if you pick flavors/toppings to make your treat look patriotic.) See the Food & Drink section of our 2020 Summer Guide for a list of the area's best spots for frozen treats.
  • Most of the local parades are cancelled this year, but how about letting the kids create their own parade? Decorate bikes, wagons and/or strollers with red, white and blue crepe paper, flags and stars. Dress up, and cue up the patriotic music on your portable speaker, and take a lap around the block.
  • Get crafty! There are a ton of patriotic ideas on Pinterest. HERE‘s a link to some crafts for kids to get your started.
  • Satisfy everyone's sweet tooth with a patriotic dessert like one of THESE.
  • Make a festive drink for the adults like this Bourbon Slush from Souffle Bombay (a favorite listed in our article 6 More Social Accounts to Follow Today.

 

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