FOURTH OF JULY
Valley Forge & Montgomery County
Independence Day lands on a Monday this year, providing a great opportunity for a three-day getaway from the usual workday routine. Valley Forge and Montgomery County swings into full-time celebration mode, with plenty of parades, carnivals and fireworks displays.
Here's our complete guide to the Fourth of July fun in Montgomery County. Look for the 🎆 symbol to find Fourth of July fireworks.
VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
The day-long party at Valley Forge Park has a continual roster of things to do, see and experience, including games, crafts, an American cook-out, musket demonstrations, an afternoon concert by Mason Porter, readings of the Declaration of Independence, and a dunk tank featuring famed patriot Patrick Henry. Also, don't miss a special display of artifacts from the Bicentennial Wagon Train that rolled into Valley Forge in 1976.
July 3 & 4
Conshohocken spreads its Independence Day party over two days, providing two slices of Americana that burst with the good feeling of family and community. Fireworks light up the sky above Sutcliffe Park (800 Colwell Lane) on July 3 at 9 p.m. On Monday, the annual Soap Box Derby returns to Fayette Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This three-tiered event, now well into its second century, spreads across Abington and Cheltenham Townships, engaging patriots both young and old with the We Love America Children's Morning Program (10 a.m.), the 113th Annual Grand, Glorious, Patriotic Parade (4 p.m.), and the America the Beautiful Aerial Fireworks Spectacular (9 p.m.)
Skippack's Fourth of July celebration is one of the most active in Montgomery County, starting with a parade down Route 73 (Skippack Pk) at 11 a.m., a free concert and barbecue at Parc Bistro starting at 3 p.m., and a fireworks show at nightfall over Palmer Park.
The Main Line embraces July 4 in a day of program that it cites as being about "more than just fireworks." The Family Fun Carnival begins at 10 a.m. at Narberth Playground. A baby parade, diaper derby, pie-eating contest and live music are on the schedule. The day concludes with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Norristown's July 4 celebration includes festivities for young and old. For the older crowd, the food trucks and beer garden at Elmwood Park open at 12 noon. For the children, the moon bounce, face painting and free activities start at 1 p.m. For the whole family, Elmwood Park Zoo is offering $4 admission all day, and the party closes with fireworks at dusk.
This year marks the 22nd for the annual July 4 fireworks at Waltz Golf Farm in Limerick. The show begins at 9:45 p.m.
UPPER MERION 🎆
Heuser Park in Upper Merion Township (King of Prussia) is throwing a family-friendly party including rides, games and live music. The festivities begin at 3 p.m. with the grand finale fireworks show starting at dusk.
June 28 - July 2
Ambler Borough spreads its 2016 patriotic spirit over five full days. The annual Kiwanis Fourth of July Carnival runs nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. at Wissahikcon High School. On July 1, the celebration goes skyward with the annual fireworks display.
LOWER PROVIDENCE 🎆
Food, family and fun: it's a community tradition in Lower Providence Township. Eagleville Park is the site for the July 4 celebration, which includes fireworks at dusk and live music beginning at 6:30 p.m.
VALLEY FORGE CASINO RESORT
July 4 means a trip to the beach for many, but for those who want the sun and sand but none of the traffic, Valley Beach Poolside Club is the place to go. The drink specials and DJ entertainment usher in the seasonal extended hours, meaning that the Saturday parties last to 1 a.m. Comedian Natasha Leggero takes the Valley Forge Music Fair stage on July 2.