Celebrate America’s Birthday: Main Line July Fourth Activities
Do your patriotic duty and get out to one of these great events.
Claim your right to celebrate Independence Day at one of these Main Line July Fourth destinations.
Before the Fourth
Nottingham County Park, 150 Park Road, Nottingham
July 1, 6 — 11 pm
Eat, play, and rock out at this fun family event. There will be food vendors, activities, and then a performance by “On the Rise” at 7:15 pm. The fireworks begin around 9:30 pm. Admission is free, as is a parking shuttle; if you want to park on-site, it’s $10 per car.
Upper Darby High School Memorial Field, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill
July 3, gates open at 7 pm
Enjoy music from Chico’s Vibe, a performance from the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center’s Shooting Stars, and fireworks. Admission is $4 for adults and free for kids.
Sutcliffe Park, West 9th Avenue and Freedley Street, Conshohocken
July 3, fireworks start at 9:45 pm
Get your holiday started early with this Monday night fireworks display.
On the Big Day
Kerr Park, 1 Park Lane, Downingtown
July 4, 8 am — dusk
This is an awesome event, with tons of activities and a good cause: the money raised benefits ambulance and rescue squads in the Downingtown Area School District. Active families can start the day running or walking in one of four races: 5K walk/run, 10K, and 15K. Stick around for fun — including a big wheel race, a canoe race, carnival rides, refreshments, music, crafts, a wife-carrying contest, and fireworks that start at dusk.
Narberth Playground, 100 Conway Ave., Narberth
July 4, 10 am — 2 pm; evening concert begins at 7:30
Narberth is always throwing a holiday party, but their Fourth of July Celebration has the largest following as it has something for everyone. The park is bustling with a diaper derby, a baby parade, live music, sports, games, and a pie-eating contest. Later, there’s a concert, followed by fireworks.
Filmore Street and Franklin Avenue, Phoenixville
July 4, 6 — 11 pm
This annual celebration of freedom is free and starts at dusk.
130 King of Prussia Road, Wayne
July 4, gates open at 6 pm
For more than 20 years, the Radnor High School Scholarship Fund has been sponsoring the fireworks at Radnor High School, which helps graduates fund further education, while celebrating the 4th of July. While waiting for the pyrotechnics, there’s live entertainment, concession stands, games for little ones at no extra charge, a moon bounce, and an obstacle course. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 kids, and $20 per carload on the day of fireworks; buy your tickets in advance and same some cash.
Visitors Center, Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia
July 4, 11 am — 3 pm
For families looking to end the day before dark, don’t forget our neighborhood gem. There are zillions of activities to keep kids engaged and even fascinated. Start the day with a burger or hot dog, then play revolutionary games (like a fire cake toss), catch a musket demonstrations presented by volunteers dressed in Continental Army uniforms, or listen in as Benjamin Franklin recites the Declaration of Independence (you can even add your signature to the park’s copy).
Broomall Fire Station
July 4, races start at 8 am; parade begins at 10
For the family’s early bird: a fundraising 5K that supports Broomall Rotary’s local charitable services, followed by the Marple-Newtown 4th of July Parade. The parade starts at St. Alban’s Circle in Newtown Square, ending at Broomall Fire House on Malin Road, complete with firetrucks, music, and candy. Kids with bike experience are welcome to ride in the parade by registering at St. Anastasia at 9 am.
Photograph courtesy of the Narberth Fourth of July Committee.