Philadelphia goes all out for July 4th, but the celebration is not limited to the city limits. The surrounding Towns of the Countryside host a number of not-to-be missed Independence Day festivities.
Whether it’s a spectacular fountains and fireworks show at Longwood Gardens, an old-fashioned celebration at Fonthill or a weekend of BBQ along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, there tons of Independence Day celebrations happening in the region.
Check out a few 4th of July happenings in Philadelphia’s Countryside below.
• Community Picnic in the Park Valley Forge National Historical Park: Valley Forge National Historical Park hosts a blowout fourth of July celebration complete with an all-American cookout, artillery demonstrations, historical games, crafts, tours of the park, readings of the Declaration of Independence and more. The festivities start at 11 a.m. on July 4.
• Skippack July 4th Parade and Fireworks: Pick your favorite spot for the 4th of July Parade in Skippack Village starting at 11 a.m. At dusk, fireworks will light up the sky above Palmer Park.
• 4th of July Parade and Celebration in Norristown: Celebrate Independence Day in Norristown with a day of festivities including a 5k Run (8:30 a.m.), parade (10:30 a.m.), live music and family fun followed by a fireworks show at dusk.
• Upper Merion Township Fireworks: Bring the family and your chairs/blankets for a day of patriotic fun at Heuser Park in King of Prussia. The celebration includes carnival rides and games, live music, food and more followed by the Upper Merion Township 4th of July Fireworks at dusk.
• Jenkintown July 4th Parade: On Friday, July 4, the town of Jenkintown raises a hat to July 4th with its annual parade, which kicks off at 11:30 a.m. The parade begins at Leedom Street and Greenwood Avenue and ends at the Town Square on Leedom Street.
• Kiwanis Carnival and Fireworks in Ambler: Beginning today, July 1 and running through July 5, the Kiwanis Carnival at Wissahickon High School celebrates America’s Independence with a variety of games and activities for all to enjoy. On Thursday, July 3, fireworks illuminate the sky above Wissahickon High School at 9 p.m.
• Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens: Celebrate Independence Day at Longwood Gardens with a patriotic display of fireworks and fountains. Get a seat in the gorgeous garden landscape and enjoy an evening of patriotic music including Olympic Fanfare, Armed Forces Medley, The Stars & Stripes, The National Anthem and more set to an exciting fireworks show. To purchase tickets in advance, click here.
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• Brandywine Big Bang Barbecue: Spend the July 4th weekend at the fantastic wineries and vineyards along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail during the 9th annual Brandywine “Big Bang” BBQ. Over the three-day holiday weekend, enjoy live music, fine food and plenty of wine. Participating wineries include Black Walnut Winery, Borderland Vineyard™, Kretuz Creek Vineyards, Paradocx Vineyard and Penns Woods Winery. For more information and event listings, click here.
• Red, White & BBQ at Chaddsford Winery: Enjoy a classic barbecue to celebrate Independence Day weekend at Chaddsford Winery, from July 4 through 6. Picnic on fare from Southbound BBQ and Ted Pace, enjoy adult beverages including wine slushies and celebrated with live music all weekend long.
• Fourth of July Fireworks in Phoenixville: For its fifteenth year, Phoenixville hosts its annual fourth of July fireworks extravaganza. Located at Friendship Field, the fireworks are visible throughout downtown Phoenixville.
• 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.
• Independence Day Celebration at Barrall Field in Media: Start the day with family fun for the fourth at Barrall Field in Media. From 10 a.m. to noon, stop by for food, crafts, games and even a water slide.
• Aldan Parade: Head to the streets at 11 a.m. for the annual Aldan Parade featuring live music, performances and more. Watch community organizations, families, town officials and more folks ride down the street (beginning at Providence Road at Clifton Avenue) in decorated floats in hopes of bringing home a prize for their efforts.
• South Ardmore Independence Day Celebration: From 10 a.m. to noon, children are invited out for a variety of July 4th fun as the South Ardmore Independence Day Celebration returns for 2014. Beginning at 10 a.m., a patriotic parade of strollers and bicycles leave Chestnutwold Elementary and end at Elwell Field for a best decorated contest, games, a bake sale and more.
• Independence Day at Fonthill Castle: It doesn’t get any more hometown than Fonthill Castle’s hometown Fourth of July celebration. On the grounds of Henry Mercer’s landmark castle in Doylestown, families enjoy old-fashioned Independence Day festivities such as watermelon-eating contests, sack races, bucket-brigade relays and live bands playing rousing patriotic music.
• C is for Celebrate: Fireworks at Sesame Place: Celebrate Independence Day with your favorite characters from Sesame Street including Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Cookie Monster. Following the 9 p.m. evening performance of the “Neighborhood Street Party” parade, look up to the sky to see brilliant bursts of color for the annual Fireworks at Sesame Place.
• 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 5. And you can’t miss the breathtaking fireworks commemorating the fourth at 9:35 p.m. on July 4.