Plenty Of July 4 Fun, Including Three Fireworks
POTTSTOWN PA – Want to watch a fireworks show, and enjoy other entertainment options too, on Independence Day (Wednesday, July 4, 2018) in western Montgomery County? There are plenty of options available this year, according to the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau. Here’s its list:
‘GoFourth!’ Festival, Pottstown
Pottstown had presented a Fourth of July celebration for many years, but the annual event was interrupted by a hiatus in 2016. Now Pottstown is bringing an updated Fourth of July celebration to Memorial Park, 75 W. King St. Its GoFourth! Festival focuses on the borough’s arts and culture. Last year its attracted 20,000 visitors over two days.
This year’s Pottstown GoFourth! day-long festival begins at 11:30 a.m., after the end of a 10:15 a.m. Rotary Club-sponsored parade. It features children’s activities, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, and a fireworks display finale (rain-or-shine unless lightning is involved) after 9 p.m. The day includes music from five different bands on stage between 11:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., inflatable rides and attractions, bubble making by Grandpop Bubbles, face painting, a balloon artist, and a wandering magician.
Festival-goers can also enjoy the nearby Carousel at Pottstown and Manatawny Green mini-golf. International Fireworks of Douglassville PA is creating the fireworks show. While there is not a rain date for the entire festival, the rain date for fireworks only will be July 13.
Waltz Golf Farm Fireworks, Limerick
As July 4 unfolds, families can take advantage of all that’s offered at Waltz Golf Farm, 303 W. Ridge Pike: two miniature golf courses, a chip-and-putt course, batting cages, ice cream and snacks, and a full 18 holes of regulation play.
Live entertainment also will be provided, featuring the band Drive Train. Once the sun dips to the west, at about 7 p.m., live music takes over until full dark. Then, sometime between 9 and 9:30 p.m., it’s time for free fireworks. A parking fee will be charged, however, with all funds being donated to the Limerick Volunteer Fire Company.
You can play miniature golf after the show at half-price.
Historic Skippack Village, Skippack
Historic Skippack Village celebrates July 4 with a full day of events. Beginning at 11 a.m., Route 73 becomes a sea of red, white and blue for its annual July 4 parade. At 3 p.m., it’s time for BBQ at Parc Bistro. At dusk, head to Palmer Park, 4048 Creamery Rd., for what promoters claim will be “jaw-dropping fireworks.”
Valley Forge National Historical Park, King of Prussia
Ring in Independence Day at Valley Forge Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Dr. The park annually throws a massive community picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with food, music and festivities including trolley tours, ranger walks, historic re-enactors, games, crafts, kids programs, and artillery demonstrations. The day is full, but no fireworks will be held.
Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge
The distinct sound of 58 bronze bells will echo across Valley Forge on July 4 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. from the Washington Memorial Chapel, Route 23. The chapel carillon played by Doug Gefvert will offer patriotic tunes to celebrate Independence Day. The free concert is a rain-or-shine event. No fireworks will be held.
Graphic from Pottstown GoFourth!