Celebrate Independence Day at These Main Line Hot Spots
A list of festive parades, parties and fireworks displays to help you and your family celebrate Independence Day.
The Main Line will host dozens of festive Independence Day celebrations, and whether you choose to stay in your town, or are looking to venture a little further from home, you’re sure to find good old-fashioned American fun. Our list includes parades with 16-foot high rubber ducks, neighborhood relay races, fireworks displays, concerts, hotdog eating contests, and so much more. So get your flags waving, put on your red, white, and blue outfits, and join in the fun.
July 3, fireworks start at 9:45 pm
Sutcliffe Park, West 9th Avenue and Freedley Street, Conshohocken
Get your holiday started early with this Tuesday night fireworks display. Past years have been so successful, borough officials are asking residents to carpool and be prepared to walk a distance to get into the event. Once there, enjoy the bounce houses on the athletic fields, dance with the DJ on the basketball court, and watch the karate demonstration taking place at 7:30 pm. There will be plenty of food to enjoy, and of course fireworks–set to go off around 9:45 pm.
July 3 and July 4, park hours are 10 am – 9 pm, with the fireworks show set to start around 9:30 pm
100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne
The littlest patriots always love Sesame Place and it’s sure to be extra exciting during their Fourth of July celebration. After a day in the park, where you can have your picture taken with Elmo is his red, white, and blue, stay for the Neighborhood Street Party Night Parade, which will be followed by a fireworks display. If you’re really brave solider, you can purchase their Any-Two-Weekday Ticket Package and go both nights.
July 4, 3 pm – dusk
694 W. Beidler Rd., King of Prussia
This celebration starts with an old-fashioned carnival, a beer garden, and food vendors. Starting at 5 pm enjoy music from Mango Men and then settle in for the fireworks at dusk.
July 4, 10: 30 am – 2:30 pm for the Block Party happening on Main Street from Dekalb to Arch Streets
1:00 pm – dark for the concert, activities and fireworks
Elmwood Park, 1325 Harding Boulevard, Norristown
Norristown is pulling out all the stops with a new Block Party to celebrate the holiday. There will be food vendors, a fun zone for kids, a beer garden, local merchants selling unique items, and plenty of entertainment. In the afternoon the fun continues in Elmwood Park where families can enjoy frisbee art, caricatures, and concerts. After you’ve laid out your blankets and chairs, let the kids play on the playground while you relax and wait for the fireworks to start.
July 4, 7 – 9:30 pm
Wilson Farm Park, 500 Lee Road, Chesterbrook
If you’re looking for a more low key event head over to Wilson Farm Park. The park will open at 5 pm so come early, bring a picnic dinner, and let the kiddos burn off some energy on the playground. The Chester County Band will start entertaining the crowd around 7 pm with a selection of patriotic songs. There’s plenty of open space so the kids can dance around to the lively tunes. When the band is done, the fireworks will take their turn in the spotlight.
July 4, 10:30 am
The parade begins at High and Adams Sts. and continues west to Manatawny Street
If you want a true taste of Americana–this parade won’t disappoint. Highlights include the 16-foot high rubber duck, a rare calliope that you’ll never forget the sound of, and of course come watch grown men and women riding around on miniature cars and trucks powered by lawnmower engines.
July 4, 11 am until dark
Memorial Park located at the intersection King & Manatawny Streets, Pottstown
This ever expanding festival will feature children’s activities, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and live entertainment. Festival goers can also enjoy the Carousel at Pottstown and Manatawny Green Mini Golf – all of which are adjacent to Memorial Park. Stay until after dark when the fireworks show will light up this Northern Chester County town.
July 4, 8 am — dusk
Kerr Park, 1 Park Lane, Downingtown
This is an awesome event, with tons of activities for 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, and fireworks that start after dusk.
July 4, 10 am – 4 pm
1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown
If you’re looking for a wallet-friendly outing, pack up you patriotism and head to Elmwood. Thanks to Valley Forge Casino, admission is $4 all day.
July 4, 10 am — 2 pm; evening concert begins at 7:30
Narberth Playground, 100 Conway Ave., Narberth
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.
July 4, 6 — 11 pm
Filmore Street and Franklin Avenue, Phoenixville
This annual celebration of freedom is free, not to mention fun. Pack a blanket and chairs, and bring the kids to run around as you wait for the sun to set and the fireworks to start.
July 4, gates open at 6:30 pm
130 King of Prussia Road, Wayne
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 save some cash.
July 4, 11 am — 3 pm
Visitors Center, Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia
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 demonstration 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).
July 5, 9 am – noon for the relay races, 2 – 8 pm for the food trucks and games, 3-4:15 pm for the parade and 9:30 pm for the fireworks
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This full day begins with a parade of neighborhoods, followed by a competition where participants have the chance to win bragging rights for their little piece of Americana. Teams of four, broken down by age group, compete in foot races, softball games, and the long jump. There’s also a fun run for younger kids and one for the adults too. After the noon awards ceremony, families have time to get cleaned up before heading to the food truck festival. Taking place behind the Hockessin Fire Department, there will be countless food options, a beer garden, and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. With tired bodies and full bellies, families can settle in for the parade and then top the night off with a fireworks display.
July 4, 10 am
Barren Hill Fire Company, 647 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill, ending at Miles Park, 303 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill
Get ready to wave your flags during the parade and then head to Miles Park for a picnic, music, and fun with neighbors.
July 4, 7 pm – midnight
303 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick
Spend your evening playing mini-golf, or par 3, before you grab a scoop of ice cream from this iconic Montgomery County spot. After all the hole-in-ones, find a spot on the pristine grass, listen to the music of Drive Train, and enjoy the fireworks display set to go off around 9:30 pm.
July 4, 6:30 pm
Eagleville Park, 100 Parklane Dr., Norristown
If you’ve got kiddos who prefer a less structured day join in this simple celebration that starts with a concert and ends with a fireworks display.
July 4, races start at 8 am; parade begins at 10 am
Broomall Fire Station, 10 N. Malin Rd., Broomall
For the family’s early bird: a fundraising 5K that supports Broomall Rotary’s local charitable services, kicks off this day. After the race, head to 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.
July 4, 9:30 am – 1 pm
Cynwyd Park, 398 Trevor Lane, Bala Cynwyd
Don’t miss a classic parade followed by some decadent foods. Enjoy kosher hotdogs from the Union Fire Association, a sampling of favorites from the Saffron Indian Kitchen, and a chance to satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to I Want Moore Bakery.
July 7, 6 — 11 pm
Nottingham County Park, 150 Park Road, Nottingham
Extend your celebration with this weekend event. 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.
July 6, 6 – 10 pm
Wissahickon High School, 521 Houston Rd, Ambler
This post-fourth celebration comes on the heels of a week-long carnival. Head over early in the evening to ride some rides before the fireworks that start at 9:30 pm.
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