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BBQ, fireworks, good friends, days off. Celebrating our great nation. What’s not to love? Check out this veritable slew of Bucks County 4th of July events going on for Independence Day.
Chalfont | New Britain Borough | New Britain Township
Tri-Municipal Parade — Saturday July 3, 9:30 a.m. Chalfont Borough, New Britain Borough and New Britain Township will hold their Tri-Municipal Parade. The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from Clemens Market in the Shops at Town Center shopping center on Route 202. Participants will include marching bands, bagpipe bands, floats, horses and classic cars. The parade will proceed south on Route 202, west on Limekiln Pike and then conclude on Park Avenue in front of the New Britain Township municipal building.
“Old-Fashioned” 4th with Fonthill Museum — A decorated bike parade begins at 12:30 p.m. Children can decorate themselves and their bikes (tricycles, wagons, etc) patrioctically for a ride down Fonthill’s tree-lined driveway. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Stick around to play games like tug-o-war, an obstacle course, town ball (19th century baseball), cake walk, sack races, stilt walking, bucket brigade relays, wheelbarrow races, and watermelon eating contests. The Pennsylvania Wheelman will perform a riding of antique bicycles at 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Live music, story telling and more. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for members, $1 for children (ages 5 to 17) and free for children 4 and under. No dogs are allowed on the grounds. Heavy rain cancels the event. Parking on the grounds is free. And for the adults, there will be special self-guided tours beginning at 1 p.m., with the unique opportunity to visit the estate’s wine cellar and rarely seen crypt. These rooms are not a part of the regular tour and provide a unique view into Henry Mercer’s magnificent castle. The separate admission fee to tour the castle is $3 for adults, $2.50 for seniors, $1.50 for children, and free for members presenting a valid membership card. Call 215-348-9461 or visit fonthillmuseum.org for more info
Party at Puck featuring Musicology — Time: 7pm-10pm at Puck, 1 Printer’s Alley , Doylestown, PA. Celebrate July 4th under the stars at Puck. Family friendly featuring the music of Musicology. Free
Celebration of Freedom with Peddler’s Village — Saturday, July 3, 2010 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The fireworks display is at 9:15 pm. Rain or shine. Free admission and parking. A spectacular fireworks display will be presented at 9:15 p.m. by the renowned Pyrotecnico, creator of dazzling pyrotechnic displays for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Phillies. Live entertainment, delicious picnic style favorites, and children’s crafts and activities round out this fun-filled family event.
UPPER BUCKS COUNTY
Riverside Symphonia: A Concert Under the Stars — Bring a picnic and a lawn chair or blanket, and visit with friends while celebrating Independence Day with a performance of light classical, popular and patriotic favorites all under the stars in scenic Tinicum Park. July 3, 8:00 p.m. (gates open at 6:00 p.m.) at Tinicum Park, Erwinna. For more info call 215-757-0571.
The borough’s Community Day begins at 8 a.m. on July 4th with a pancake breakfast and continues throughout the day. An amateur talent show will be held from 1:45 to 2:45 at Memorial Park on Mill Street. Other events include a car and truck show for stock and modified vehicles, games, food, music and entertainment, bingo, fire company water battles and baseball. Admission: free. A fireworks display will take place at 9:30 p.m. in the park.
Upper Black Eddy
BBQ on the Delaware River with Indian Rock Inn
LOWER BUCKS COUNTY
Independence Weekend at Sesame Place — July 1 – July 4, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Come celebrate the Fourth of July with all your favorite Sesame Street friends at Big Birds Riverside Pavilion! Enjoy a dinner buffet consisting of Ham with Pineapples, Teriyaki Chicken, Hot Dogs, Mac N’ Cheese, Chicken Fingers, Pasta Marinara, Corn on the Cob, Salad, Cupcakes, Cookies, Fruit Salad and Assorted Pepsi Products. After a fun-filled dinner enjoy our Fourth of July fireworks display! (This event is located at Big Bird’s Riverside Pavilion). Adults $24.00 and Children $16.00 (ages 2-11). Dinner is at 5:00pm and 7:30pm in Big Bird’s Riverside Pavilion. The night sky will be sparkling at Sesame Place, with a spectacular fireworks show, set to a Sesame Street sound track, making the festivities on Independence Day weekend truly memorable. Fireworks are at 9pm Saturday and Sunday Only. Twilight admission not valid. Tip: For the best view watch from the parks front plaza!
If you haven’t yet, check out the Friday night fireworks!
“First Fourth”– July 3rd from 12PM – 7 PM. Sidewalk sales, musicians, carriage rides, Colonial re-enactments. http://newtownpa.us
“Run Over Cancer” Run — July 3 8AM –Newtown Middle School, 116 Richboro Road, Newtown, PA (Near intersection of Richboro Road and the Newtown Bypass). 8:00 am Pre-registrants check in and Race Day Registration begins. 9:00 am 5K (3.1 mile) race begins (race will begin at 9:00 am sharp). Registration: $35 day of race registration (T-shirts guaranteed to the first 150 registrants). Prizes: Prizes, including a top prize of free passes to Sesame Place to the lead fundraiser, will be given to the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers as well as the top 3 fundraisers for the race.
Southampton Days — Monday July 5, 2010. Baby Parade forms at Firstrust Bank at 8:30 AM. Parade runs 9:30 – 11:30am from Jaymor Rd and precedes North on Second St. Pike to Klinger Middle School. You must register for the Parade. From 11:30 – 12:00pm there is a flag raising ceremony, introduction, presentation to “Citizen of the Year” and awarding of parade prizes in Lions Grove. Entertainment at Tamanend Park all day. From 12:00pm – 4:00pm, crafts, bingo, food, children’s games and amusements. Rides close at 4 PM. Country Fair Activities begin at 6PM. Midway Stage – “BONEHEAD” 7:30pm – 10:15. 7:30pm – Burning House Band on the football field at Klinger Middle School. 9:30pm fireworks.
Revolutionary Run — July 4th at 8AM. More than 1,500 participants are expected to lace up their running shoes and join in this annual race. Last year’s Run attracted 1,300 runners. Proceeds from the race benefit on-site emergency services for Upper Makefield Township. Over the past three years, the race has raised over $42,000 for this cause.. Features three events through the park along the scenic Delaware River: the Toyota 10K Road Race, the 1 Mile Fun Run, and the Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics (MBO) 5K Fitness Run/Walk. Registration is between 6 and 7:45 a.m. The 1 Mile Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m., with the MBO 5K Fitness Walk and the 10K Road Race to follow at 8:15 and 8:30 a.m., respectively. Overall prizes will be awarded to the top three runners, and 26th anniversary T-shirts will be given first-come, first-served to all registered runners. For information, call John Benda, race coordinator, at 215-493-5080. Revolutionary Run The 26th Annual Revolutionary Run is scheduled for Tuesday at Washington Crossing Historic State Park in Washington Crossing, Pa.
REOPENING OF WASHINGTON CROSSING STATE PARK — Time: 11 – 3 pm Tours of Washington Crossing Village, the Thompson-Neely House, and Bowman’s Hill Tower. Other planned events include reenactments of drills, Honor Guard, musketry, cannon firing and Durham boat barn, demonstrations, tours of village houses, and children’s colonial games, recruitment drills, quill pen writing, and art activities. A reading of the Declaration of Independence is also scheduled. The gift shop and visitor center will be open. Admission is $9.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors/children and includes all events.
Independence Day Celebration at Washington Crossing — July 4, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Come hear the call to the Patriot cause, see the militia taking shape and witness the plea for troops as we celebrate the summer of 1776! Kids activities, military drills and much more will be featured at this event for the entire family; including a noon time reading of the Declaration of Independence outside the historic McKonkey Ferry Inn/Tavern. Join the crowd gathered for these famous yet stirring words.