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The Post has compiled stories about our area’s 2017 activities scheduled for the Independence Day holiday. They’re assembled below in ascending dated order. Click on any link for more information about each event:


July 4: A Parade Through Skippack Village, And Fireworks

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Red, white and blue in Skippack too

SKIPPACK PA – The Skippack Fourth of July Parade kicks off July 4 (Tuesday, naturally) at 11 a.m. on Route 73 and continues through the heart of the village.

Merchants say the parade gets bigger and better every year, and so the parade route annually becomes even more crowded. They recommend visitors arrive early.

Also scheduled are a Barbecue at Parc Bistro at 3 p.m., and fireworks at dusk in Palmer Park, 4081 Heckler Rd., near Skippack Elementary School. Parking for the fireworks is available at nearby areas off Heckler and Creamery roads.

Photo from the the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board

July 4: An Independence Day Extravaganza In Limerick

Events Celebrate Our Nation's Independence DayLIMERICK PA – The annual fireworks show presented by Waltz Golf Farm will be held July 4 (Tuesday) at dusk on the Waltz grounds, 303 W. Ridge Pike. The show is free, although donations for parking available on site are appreciated and will be given to the Limerick Fire Company.

In addition to the grand light show in the night sky, the Waltz Family is featuring live music by Neo Trio beginning at 7 p.m., and food trucks will be on site to provide great meals and snacks. Half-price admission to miniature golf will be sold after the fireworks end.

Photo from Waltz Golf Farm via Facebook

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Words of wisdom Wednesday (June 28, 2017) from the Limerick Police Department

July 4: Upper Salford’s Red, White And Blue Parade in Its 29th Year

Events Celebrate Our Nation's Independence DayUPPER SALFORD PA – The Upper Salford Township Citizen’s Group, a community volunteer organization, presents its 29th annual Red, White and Blue parade on Independence Day (Tuesday, July 4, 2017) beginning at 10 a.m. rain or shine on Potato Road between Old Skippack Road and Old Sumneytown Pike, Harleysville PA.

The Red, White, and Blue is a truly public event, according to its organizers. Area residents can line up along the roadside simply to watch the proceedings, or they can join in the fun by marching themselves.

The parade line-up gets organized at 9:30 a.m.; marchers who wish to compete for one of the parade’s several prizes must be registered at a table to be located at about the road’s midpoint, organizers say.

Prize categories include:

  • Best Decorated Small Float;
  • Best Decorated Large Float;
  • Best Decorated Vehicle or Tractor;
  • Best “Festooned” Walker;
  • Best Decorated Bicycle, Ages 3 to 7; and
  • Best Decorated Bicycle, Ages 8 & Older

Owners or drivers of antique cars or tractors are an annual attraction for parade-goers. Because people love to “see the cars of yesteryear,” the group encourages anyone with a classic car or tractor to “crank it up and bring it out to the parade.” For anything without motorized get-up-and-go, however, its volunteers make this request: “Please leave your horses at home.”

Baking also is a staple of the festivities, and local chefs of all stripes are encouraged to donate baked goods to be sold along the parade route. Being offered are snacks that include the home-made treats, hot dogs, and birch beer. Proceeds help fund next year’s parade. Those donating baked goods can drop them off at a table under the main tent before the parade begins.

And the citizen’s group reminds residents they can also use more help. A “consistent team of volunteers … step forward every year” to make the parade go smoothly, and their help is appreciated, organizers noted. More hands will lighten the work load. To volunteer, call Mary Anne at 610-287-9491.

July 4: Memorial Ceremony Set At Old Augustus LutheranEvents Celebrate Our Nation's Independence Day

TRAPPE PA – The rain-delayed but not forgotten activities that had been planned for the earlier canceled Collegeville-Trappe Memorial Day parade have found a new home and purpose related to the Independence Day holiday.

The Collegeville-Trappe Ministerium will hold its memorial observance for veterans on July 4 (2017; Tuesday) beginning at 10 a.m. in the old Augustus Lutheran Church, 717 W. Main St. The event is free and open to the public.

Photo from Augustus Lutheran Church

July 4: There’s A Picnic In The Park At Valley Forge

By Valley Forge National Historical Park

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Meeting the colonials at Valley Forge National Historical Park

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – Celebrate the nation’s independence with artillery demonstrations, historical games, an All-American cook-out, music, and more during the “Community Picnic In The Park,” scheduled for July 4 (Tuesday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Dr.

Meet one of the founding fathers, and sign the Declaration of Independence. Learn about the meaning of the American Flag, and the pivotal role the Valley Forge encampment played in securing our freedom from Great Britain.

Hungry? A barbecue tent will be available selling grilled hot-dogs, hamburgers, ice cold beverages and other items.

Drivers should note, however, that the park anticipates a very high volume of visitors and cars for the event. Parking is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis using a free in-park shuttle system to internal parking lots.

If event parking reaches full capacity, additional cars will be prohibited from parking until existing cars leave. The park strongly encourages visitors to carpool, bike, walk or take public transportation.

The list of activities, their times, and locations during the picnic includes:

  • Trolley Tours, Visitor Center: 10 a.m., 12, 2 and 4 p.m.;
  • Ranger-led Walks, Begins in front of Park Theater: 10:50 a.m. and 2:50 p.m.;
  • Games, Crafts and Activities, Mini Parade Grounds: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
  • American Treasure Tour, Meeting Room: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
  • Storytelling Benches, various sites from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
  • Black Powder Demonstration, Muhlenberg Brigade Huts: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.;
  • Readings of the Declaration of Independence, Visitor Center Lawn: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.;
  • Join the Continental Army, Mini Parade Grounds: 11:45 a.m., 12:45 and 1:45 p.m.;
  • Live Music by Darla, Student Pavilion: 12 and 1 p.m.; and
  • Secrets and Spies, Washington’s Headquarters: 12:30 and 2 p.m.

Photo from the the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board

July 4: Pottstown Festival Lively, Entertaining, And Laser-Driven

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By the Pottstown GoFourth! Festival Committee

POTTSTOWN PA – The Pottstown GoFourth! Festival celebrates and promotes both the arts and the Pottstown community. This new event will be held July 3 and 4 in Pottstown’s Memorial Park and will feature carnival rides, art and craft vendors, A Sly Fox Beer Garden, food tent, live entertainment, tethered hot air balloon rides by The United States Hot Air Balloon Team and its featured entertainment: an innovative, professionally-produced laser light show by Mobius8 & Fyre.

The Pottstown GoFourth! Festival has been created by a grassroots group of community partners committed to reimagining Pottstown’s historic Fourth of July festivities, expanding the scope, and drawing upon volunteer energy and creativity.

Here’s an activities schedule for the festival on July 3:

  • Arts and craft vendors and community vendors, 11am to close;
  • Oscars Carnival, 12 p.m. to close;
  • ArtFusion 19464 free kids’ activities, 12 p.m. to close;
  • Pottstown Community Arts, make a windchime;
  • Train Conductor story time, to be announced; and
  • Laser light show preview, starting between 9:15 and 9:30.

Food vendors for July 3 include TJ Fried Goodies & Grille, Captain’s Curbside Seafood, MeatWagon BBQ, Bucktown Grill, Race to Taste Curbside, Vida Eats, Angels on Wheels, Super Softee, Plantie (Smoothies), Kiloke, Betty’s Old Fashioned Lemonade, and the Sly Fox Beer Tent from 4-8 p.m.

On the big day, July 4, festival activities listed are:

  • Arts and craft vendors and community vendors, 11am to close;
  • Oscars Carnival, 12 p.m. to close;
  • ArtFusion 19464 free kids’ activities, 12 p.m. to close;
  • Pottstown Community Arts, painted rocks
  • Train Conductor story time, to be announced;
  • Dance demonstration, 1 p.m.;
  • Hot air balloon tethered balloon rides, 4-6 p.m.; and
  • Laser light show, starting between 9:15 and 9:30pm.

There’s a stage filled with music entertainment, too, on July 4:

  • Sunday Muse (sponsored by MCCC), 11:30 a.m.;
  • Brian Fizzy (sponsored by Parks & Rec), 1:30 p.m.;
  • Whiskeyhickon Boys, 3:30 p.m.;
  • Hector Rosado, 5:30 p.m.;
  • Philadelphia Funk Authority, 7:30 p.m.; and
  • Mobius 8 & Fyre, 9:15 p.m.

Food vendors for July 4 include TJ Fried Goodies & Grille, Schnitzel Haus, Grumpy’s, Heart Food Truck, Race to Taste Curbside, Tyler’s Water Ice, Coventry Parlor, Super Softee, Plantie (Smoothies), Kiloke, Betty’s Old Fashioned Lemonade, Beverly’s Pastry Shop, and the Sly Fox Beer Tent from 2-9 p.m.

July 4-8: North Coventry Fair’s A Summertime Tradition

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July 4: Hopewell Actress To Read Declaration Of Independence

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Independence Day Reading at Hopewell Furnace

by Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

UNION TOWNSHIP PA – To celebrate Independence Day, the National Park Service invites the public to attend an inspirational reading of the Declaration of Independence, accompanied with music and traditional patriotic songs. The program will be staged July 4 (2017; Tuesday) at 2 p.m. on the porch of the Ironmaster’s House at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, located five miles south of Birdsboro PA off Route 345.

Admission to the park and event is free.

“On this Fourth of July, we invite the public to re-visit our founding document, The Declaration of Independence,” site Manager David Blackburn said. “Come spread a blanket, and enjoy a program dedicated to our founding fathers and mothers. Enjoy this salute to the sacrifice that they made for the freedoms we cherish today.”

The Declaration of Independence was officially adopted in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, at 2 p.m. The reading at Hopewell marks the hour of our nation’s 241st birthday.

The program features noted author, playwright and actress Christine Emmert, who will read from the Declaration as well as from letters of the period. Emmert has had a long career as actress, writer and director. Her story, “Lilith,” is out on Kindle along with her novel, “Ismene.” Emmert came to Hopewell as a volunteer, writing, directing and acting in “From Out The Fiery Furnace, which is in its final year after nine years of performance.

The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Berks County was on July 8, 1776. The document was read publicly in villages throughout the area. Ironmaster and founder of Hopewell Furnace Mark Bird was brother-in-law to two signers of the Declaration: George Ross and James Wilson.

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site features the foundations of America’s early iron industry, from extraction in the 18th century to the enlightened conservation of the 20th century. In addition to the park’s Independence Day program, visitors can participate in moulding demonstrations, shop at the village store, watch several educational videos, and listen to the Voices of Hopewell as they wander through the village. The park offers an 18-mile trail system which links directly to French Creek State Park.

Hopewell Furnace is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day during the summer months of July and August. There is no entrance fee. For more information, call 610-582-8773, or send an e-mail here.

Photo from Google Images

Using Fireworks?, Pottstown Asks. Use Them With Caution!

POTTSTOWN PA – Nearly everyone likes to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July, but the Pottstown Fire Department cautions area residents to leave handling fireworks to professionals accustomed to using them.

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Pay attention to warnings and instructions

There’s a distinct difference between fireworks available in Pennsylvania to be purchased by the public, and those used in commercial shows, the department acknowledged in a June 22 (2017; Thursday) Facebook post. Consumer fireworks are limited in the amount of flash and pyrotechnic powder they contain. Commercial fireworks are much more strictly regulated and far more powerful, with the potential for serious injury.

Users of consumer fireworks should heed warning labels and safety precautions that the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission requires on their packages, and closely follow instructions for their use.

Pennsylvania bans consumer fireworks that are or can become projectiles. They include rockets, bottle rockets, small mortar rounds that are shot from tubes, and anything that explodes. Examples are cherry bombs, M-80’s, quarter sticks, and silver salutes. All are extremely dangerous, firefighters noted, in part because the main ingredient of fireworks is gunpowder.

Even consumer fireworks can be dangerous if used improperly, the department warned. More than 10,000 fireworks-related injuries were recorded during 2014, with about 7,000 injuries that required a trip to a hospital emergency room. Sparklers and firecrackers are the leading types of fireworks that cause injuries, with about 1,400 injuries each during the same year.

Be careful, and avoid becoming a statistic, firefighters implored.

Photo from the Pottstown Fire Department via Facebook

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Advice offered Friday (June 30, 2017) by volunteers of the Linfield Fire Company

Favorite Fourth Of July Food? It’s A Burger (With Cheese, Please)

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AUSTIN TX – The average American family expects to spend $90.65 in 2017 on foods and other items to prepare for the Independence Day holiday, according to, a Texas-based consumer shopping website. Its prediction is based on results of a survey it published Wednesday (June 29, 2017) about favorite Fourth of July foods, traditions and spending habits.

It didn’t take a rocket scientist to determine what folks enjoyed most on The Fourth. You might just have easily guessed that:

  • Their favorite food of the holiday, in Pennsylvania as well as across the country, was a hamburger, the company said;
  • The most mentioned holiday entertainment: attending fireworks;
  • And on what would they spend the most money? Filling a picnic table with good stuff to eat.

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