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Allentown Events: 4th of July Fireworks

JULY 4TH CELEBRATION EXPANDS TO STREET FESTIVAL

For the first time in the history of the City of Allentown, our nation’s independence will be celebrated with a spectacular street festival – a “Star Spangled Celebration.”

Allentown’s Fourth of July Festival will incorporate food and drink, music and activities for all ages directly outside J. Birney Crum Stadium on Linden Street (also known as Parkway Boulevard) in Allentown. The event will run from 4pm-10pm on Thursday, July 4th. It will of course be capped by a brilliant 4th of July fireworks show.This event is free and open to the public!

Celebration Fireworks Inc. of Kutztown is again producing this year’s fireworks show. The show will be customized to the new venue with special effects that can be appreciated best when viewed in the festival area.

Traditionally this event is held in J. Birney Crum Stadium. The installation of a new field surface in the stadium this year required some logistical changes which also offered an opportunity to expand and bridge the stadium and park audiences.

The 2013 festival will be held between the stadium and Cedar Beach Park on Linden Street. This new venue allows for the creation of a larger, more interactive event. Seating will still be available in J. Birney Crum Stadium while the festival fills Linden Street and the eastern portion of Cedar Beach Park with a holiday celebration.

Entertainment
The beloved traditional elements like live music, skydivers from Lehigh Valley Parachute Team, face-painting will remain a part of the program. Additional brand new features will include – children’s rides, interactive activities, a beer garden and more! Some of the entertainment slated for the day includes: boomerang throwing demos, music by the School of Rock, the Marine Band of Allentown, Toga Party Band and the Gilbert Family / Sing for America, Xcape Dance Company, the Street Theatre Alliance and even Roaming Pirates.

Rides and Activities
Children's Rides include: a bounce house, an inflatable slide, spinning tubs and bumper boats and more.
We're please to work with On Your Way Up Ballooning to offer tethered hot air balloon rides for all ages!

Additional activities include: interactive art areas, a classic car (and truck) cruise, a visit from Pip the Mouse from the Liberty Bell Museum (thanks to PPL), stilt walkers and puppets from Street Theatre Alliance and more!

Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew from Roaming Pirate Inc. will be Roaming about the celebration from 6pm on. "Like" them on Facebook for a chance to win dinner with Captain Jack. www.facebook.com/RoamingPirate and www.RoamingPirate.com

Food
Festival goers can choose from offerings from food vendors which will include: Asian Grill and Rice, Bada Bingg, Cactus Blue, Danny's Fine Foods, E-Zee Concessions, Front Porch Family Farm, Lilo Mobile Snacks, MMG Concessions, Phil's French Fries, Puertorrican Cultural Preservation,  Sweet Nany's Nuts and Candies, Trixie’s Treats,Tyler Concessions and Willow Street Pub. The offerings include everything from taco salad to prime rib sandwiches, fried rice to chicken on a stick and Italian ice to cupcakes.

Schedule of Entertainment

On Stage:
4:00 - 4:45     School of Rock Allentown

4:45 - 5:00     Xcape Dance Company

5:00 - 6:15      Gilbert Singers

6:30 - 7:15     Toga Party Band

7:20 - 7:55     Marine Band

8:10 - 8:40     Toga Party Band

8:40 - 9:10     Marine Band

9:15 - 9:20     Announcements and Anthem

9:20 - 9:40     Fireworks

9:45 - 10:30    Toga Party Band

 

Other Activity:

4:00 - 10:00    Street Theatre Alliance Strolling Performers

4:00 - 10:00    Alternative Art Gallery Art-In-Action and Interactive Art

4:00 - 10:00    Children's Rides, Games and Art

4:00 - 6:00     Pip the Mouse Strolling

4:30 - 5:00     Pet Parade Line Up

5:00 - 5:30     Pet Parade Marches Down Linden

5:15 - 6:00     Hot Air Balloon Set-up

6:00 - 10:00    Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides

6:00 - 6:20     Canine Unit Demo

7:55 - 8:00     First Skydiver Jump

8:00 - 8:30     Boomerang Throwing

8:55 - 9:00     Second Skydiver Jump
and of course - Fireworks!

More Info and Get Involved
There is no admission charge for this community event. Donations are greatly appreciated as they help to offset this spectacular event.

For more information contact Serena Davis at 484-280-1129 or through e-mail at serena.davis@allentownpa.gov.

We'd love for you to volunteer click here for information: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E44ACA82FA02-allentowns1 

RSVP on Facebook by visiting this link: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/542477732454174/ 


Sponsors
The City of Allentown thanks Cedar Crest College, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, Barry Isett and Associates, Inc.  RCN, The Morning Call, WFMZ and Adams Outdoor Advertising for their support of this event. Sponsorships opportunities for this event are still available.