June 28 - July 1
Springfield High School, 1801 East Paper Mill Road, Erdenheim
The annual carnival in Springfield Township, onsite at Springfield High School, has all the ingredients of a rousing community fair: rides, games, food and music. It all ends with a stunning spectacle in the sky, a slam-bang firework display on July 1.
Sutcliffe Park (800 Colwell Lane); Fayette Street
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 on July 3 at 9 p.m. The following day (July 4), the 51st Soap Box Derby rolls down Fayette Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wissahickon High School, 521 Houston Road
Post-Independence Day fireworks are a real treat; just about the time you think the starbursts and booming is over for the year, a community lights up the summer sky. The Ambler Kiwanis are the organizers of this July 7 show at Wissahickon High School, which is part of a five-day carnival.
VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
Valley Forge’s prominence in establishing our national liberty makes it a natural for a full day of July 4 festivities. Each year, the park throws a massive community picnic with food, games, crafts, performances, tours and – plug your ears – artillery demonstrations.
1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown
Animals with a distinctly American background take center stage as Elmwood Park Zoo marks Independence Day. Tour guides will introduce visitors to the bald eagle, American bison and American alligator (to name only a few). The meet-and-greets will also include information on the animals' native landscapes and how the public can support their ongoing survival. The borough is also holding a 5K Run at Norristown Area High School, a parade at Airy & DeKalb Streets, a concert and fireworks.
Renninger Memorial Park; Easton Road at Keswick and Waverly Roads; Abington High School
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 114th Annual Grand, Glorious, Patriotic Parade (4 p.m.), and the America the Beautiful Aerial Fireworks Spectacular (9 p.m.)
Palmer Park, 4081 Heckler Road, Collegeville
Don’t let the Collegeville address fool you; this July 4 is all about Skippack Village. At 11 a.m., Route 73 becomes a sea of red, white and blue; at 3 p.m., it’s time for barbecue at Parc Bistro. At dusk, head to Palmer Park (near Skippack Elementary School, with parking at Heckler and Creamery Roads) for the jaw-dropping fireworks.
Narberth Park, 80 Windsor Avenue, Narberth
Narberth’s renowned Independence Day tradition is now 75 years old; it began in 1942 as a patriotic boost in the early months of World War II. To this day, it continues to draw the community together, with a parade and carnival at Narberth Park, followed by the largest firework show on the Main Line.
LOWER PROVIDENCE TOWNSHIP🎆
Eagleville Park, 100 Parklane Drive, Norristown
The ten-piece horn band The Whitewalls get the July 4 evening off to an energetic start, riffing through its set list of funk, rock, blues, soul and R&B. The finale is a shower of chrysanthemums, peonies, girandola, beehives, willows, comets and skyrockets.
Memorial Park, 75 West King Street, Pottstown
New for 2017 is Pottstown’s GoFourth celebration. It’s part carnival and part spectacular. Memorial Park has rides, food and music. But the nighttime is given over to a one-of-a-kind performance that stretches to the heavens, blending lasers and music. Commute in style on the Colebrookdale Railroad, enjoying special passage into and out of Pottstown, as well as an onboard dinner.
Miles Park, Germantown Pike at Joshua Road, Lafayette Hill
Whitemarsh Township’s Independence Day gets off on the right foot with a parade that begins at 10 a.m., marching from Barren Hill Fire Company to Miles Park. Immediately following is a picnic with music, beverages and hot dogs aplenty.
KING OF PRUSSIA🎆
Heuser Park, 694 West Beidler Road and Geerdes Boulevard, King of Prussia
The party at Heuser Park begins at 3 p.m. with onsite rides, food, games and for the adults, a beer garden. At 5 p.m., the Mango Men begin a set of summer-themed hits. By the time they wrap up, the sun should be completely gone, leaving a blackened sky perfect for viewing colorful pyrotechnics.
Waltz Golf Farm, 303 W Ridge Pike, Limerick
As July 4 unfolds, families can take advantage of all that Waltz Golf Farm offers: two miniature golf courses, a chip-and-putt course, batting cages, ice cream and snacks and a full 18 holes of regulation play. Once the sun dips to the west, live music takes over until full-dark. Then, it’s time for fireworks!
Friendship Field, Filmore and Franklin Avenues
Phoenixville’s small-town charm and walkable business district bring back the feeling of main streets across America. The area takes on an even more welcoming feel for the July 4th holiday. It’s a great place – right on Montgomery County’s threshold – to shop, grab a bite, sip a beverage and then head to the 9 p.m. firework show.
Wilson Farm Park, 500 Lee Road, Wayne
Although slightly out of county, Wilson Farm Park’s proximity to Valley Forge National Historical Park makes it recommendable for fireworks. The Chester County Concert Band sets toes tapping first with a peppy patriotic program. At 9:15 p.m., the sound of brass is replaced by big-time booms.