POTTSTOWN PA – Community organizations and hundreds of their members and volunteers have worked hard for months to ensure western Montgomery County residents are well-fed, well-hydrated, and well entertained Thursday (July 4, 2019), as the nation celebrates Independence Day.
Parades, musical concerts, picnics, yard sales, family games and activities and, of course, fireworks, all are part of the day being planned at observances in Pottstown, Limerick, Phoenixville, Skippack, East Greenville, and Eagleville PA.
Temperatures on Thursday night are predicted to be somewhere in the upper-70s to mid-80s, with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Hope for the best possible weather!
This year’s PottstownGoFourth! Festival to celebrate Independence Day will begin Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in Memorial Park on West King Street, immediately following a Pottstown Rotary Club-sponsored parade that launches at 10:30 a.m. from High and Adams Streets, and continues west to Manatawny Street.
Immediately following the parade, the colors will be presented by Scouts representing Cub Scouts Pack 146. The Brass Ensemble from the Boyertown Alumni Band will perform patriotic music for the Festival audience.
The festival is packed with activities geared toward families, including the noon to 5 p.m. return appearance of “Grandpop Bubbles.” Competing for attention will be inflatable rides and attractions, from noon to 8 p.m.; Rainbow the Clown face-painting artists from 1 to 5 p.m.; and a Rain Gutter Regatta presented by Pottstown Cub Scout Packs 249 & 146 from 5-7 p.m. The U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team will have a balloon launch of multiple balloons from the park around 6 p.m.
The fireworks finale begins at 9:15 p.m.
The annual Waltz Golf Farm fireworks show, additionally hosted this year by Brick and Blaze Pizza Company, will be held Thursday from 5:30-10 p.m. at the golf farm, 303 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick PA. The skyward display will be preceded by live music performances by the band Whiskey Grin and a variety of foods for purchase. Parking is abundant, but expect to make a donation to benefit the Limerick Fire Company, whose volunteers and fire police will direct traffic.
Phoenixville’s Independence Day Celebration will feature Thursday fireworks scheduled to start at 9:15 p.m. at Friendship Field, Fillmore Street and Franklin Avenue, Phoenixville PA.
The Skippack Village Independence Day parade starts Thursday with its march down Skippack Pike at 11 a.m. Before and following the parade, village merchants will be open to customers and visitors. Barbecue foods will be available for purchase beginning at 3 p.m. at the Parc Bistro, 4067 Skippack Pike, Skippack PA. Fireworks are scheduled to launch at dusk in Palmer Park, 4048 Creamery Rd. Parking for a donation is expected to be available off Heckler Road at Creamery Road.
For more information about the Skippack events, call Stephanie at 610-584-6004, or send her an e-mail at email@example.com.
In East Greenville
Upper Perkiomen’s annual “Hometown 4th of July Celebration” kicks off Thursday at 8 a.m. with a community yard sale until noon in New Goshenhoppen Park, 618 Third St., East Greenville PA. It will be followed at
- 9 a.m., Fireman’s Water Battle;
- 9:30 a.m., Pet Contest with Logan’s Heroes. Enter your pet in one of three categories: most patriotic dressed, best groomed, or most talented. One winner will be named in each to receive a $25 Pet Valu gift card. Judging will be held at 10:30 a.m.;
- 11 a.m., Bike Decorating Contest. Children age 12 younger, come out with your already decorated bike. Yes, parents, you can help them. All participants must wear a helmet when riding. Judging at 11:30 a.m. Winners in first, second and third places will receive gift cards to Bike & Sol;
- 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunny Face Painting;
- 1 p.m., Car, Truck and Bike Independence Cruise-In Show (free, but donations accepted);
- 3:30-5:30 p.m., Junior’s Grades band, in the band shell;
- 7-8:55 p.m., The Red Hill Band, in the band shell;
- 8:55 p.m., the National Anthem by Keith Gerhart, in the band shell; and
- 9 p.m., annual fireworks display.
A DJ and music will play from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the band shell. Food and refreshment sales throughout the day benefit the Upper Perkiomen Rotary Club.
Lower Providence Township’s “All-American Birthday Bash” begins Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Eagleville Park, 100 Parklane Dr., Eagleville PA. It features five different food trucks selling a variety of edibles, as well as games, a dunk tank, entertainment, and fireworks at dusk.
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