An abundance of parades, fireworks, barbecues and other patriotic events fill Philadelphia's surrounding countryside this Fourth of July holiday. (Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens)
Independence Day celebrations span from city to countryside every year, and from family-friendly activities and reenactments at the Valley Forge National Historical Park to wine and barbecue festivals at nearly 10 area wineries, the holiday weekend celebrations outside of the city are in no shortage.
For those looking for something to do in one of the many counties surrounding Philadelphia, look no further.
Read on for out top countryside happenings.
• Lower Southampton Independence Day Parade: Get ready to line the streets of Southampton and wave your American flags for the Southampton Independence Day Parade kicking off at 1 p.m. on July 4. South Philadelphia Mummers, local Bucks County floats and fun characters will start at Second Street and Bustleton Pikes, and fill the bags of onlooking children with goodies, along the route.
• Southampton Days and Fireworks: If you’re from Lower Bucks County, you know all about Southampton Days. Games, rides and entertainment fill Tamanend Park with fun for all ages through Saturday, July 6. And you can’t miss the breathtaking fireworks commemorating the day at 9:35 p.m. on July 4.
• Sesame Place’s Fourth of July Barbecue and Fireworks: Don’t miss all the fun with Elmo and friends at Sesame Place’s Fourth of July Barbecue. The kids can end the patriotic day with a “Neighborhood Street Party” Parade at 9 p.m. and an eye-catching fireworks display at 9:25 p.m.
• Peddler’s Village Fourth of July Celebration: Smells of delicious food and the sounds of live entertainment will fill the Main Green at Peddler’s Village on July 4. Plus Giggleberry Farm will feature extended hours until 8 p.m. for the younger crowd.
• Friday Night Fireworks in New Hope: If you didn’t get your fill of fireworks on the Fourth, take the scenic ride to New Hope to watch their Friday Night Fireworks display light up the skies over the Delaware River at 9:30 p.m.
• Valley Forge Community Picnic in the Park: The expansive national park that once hosted George Washington’s army celebrates the fourth with a cook-out, artillery demonstrations, readings of the Declaration of Independence (by a Thomas Jefferson re-enactor!), historical games and more. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for purchase, or guests are welcome to bring their own picnic supplies. The cook-out runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the other activities will occur from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Norristown Parade and Fireworks: Beginning at 10:30 a.m., a parade files down the streets of downtown Norristown, beginning at the intersection of East Airy Street and DeKalb Street. Following the parade, Elmwood Park honors Independence Day with live musical performances and a fireworks show at dusk.
• Salute Our Freedom Car Show: Car lovers, this one’s for you. Check out an array of makes and models of some of the most impressive cars at the Valley Forge Casino Resort this fourth of July. The show is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Penn’s Woods Winery and Fireworks: Pair your evening fireworks with the fine wines of Penn’s Woods Winery. The winery opens its doors at noon on the patriotic day and invites guest to sip their favorite wine paired with cheese and crackers that will be available on-site. Guests are also invited to pack picnics for the festive event. The fireworks show beings at dusk.
• Aldan Parade: Head to the streets at 11 a.m. for the annual Aldan Parade featuring live music from the Mummers All-Stars, the Woodland String Band and the Mansfield Brass. Watch community organizations, families, town officials ride down the street (beginning at Providence Road at Clifton Avenue) in decorated floats hoping to bring home a prize for their efforts.
• Longwood Gardens’ Fireworks and Fountains: Longwood Gardens’ lively Fireworks and Fountains event illuminates the sky to a patriotic tune tonight, July 3 for its fourth of July edition of the recurring summer music and fireworks event. Tickets to the event include the fireworks display and full access to the gardens.
• Downingtown Good Neighbor Day and Fireworks: Downingtown’s Kerr Park hosts its annual Good Neighbor Day celebration all day long on Thursday, July 4. Enjoy live music, arts and crafts, races and more prior to the finale at 9:30 p.m., an epic fireworks show.
• Brandywine Big Bang BBQ: The eight wineries that make up the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail are all hosting events for the entire duration of the holiday weekend. Enjoy live music, food truck fare, BBQ favorites and of course wine of all varieties (sangria, red wine, white wine, you name it). The full list of participating wineries and their events is available here.