Friday, July 1, 2011

4TH July

Memorial Day may get more attention when it comes to patriotic events in Burlington County, but the Fourth of July has not been completely forgotten.
For the United States, Birthday No. 235 will feature a day of fun and patriotic activities, and, of course, some fireworks.
Following is a list of Fourth of July events in and outside the county:
Maple Shade: The annual parade will be held at 1 p.m. and proceed along Main Street from Fellowship Road to Terrace Avenue. Participants will gather at 12:30 at the Steinhauer school parking lot. The parade, which will recognize the township's sports organizations, also will feature numerous bands and community organizations.
Fireworks will go off at 9:30 at the high school grounds on South Coles Avenue.
To participate in the parade or volunteer, call Sonny Frett at 856-779-9610, ext. 175.
Moorestown: The Moorestown Business Association is encouraging all businesses on Main Street and Chester Avenue to decorate their storefronts as part of a contest, which will be judged today by members of the 4th of July Committee. Winners will be selected for first, second and third place.
Camden: A free military-themed concert featuring the Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic will be held at 6 and 8 p.m. at Wiggins Waterfront Park off Mickle Boulevard.
Fireworks on the Delaware River will begin at 9:30 and can be viewed from the Battleship New Jersey for a donation of $10 and featuring live music and entertainment, food, bar, concessions, and a patriotic soundtrack accompanying the fireworks.
Philadelphia: The Franklin Institute on North 20th Street will present "The Science of Fireworks" for free at 11:30 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. by the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial as well as two special storytime readings for children. The first 200 participating children will receive a free book. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Evesham: The day's events will begin with the Marlton Mayor's Cup 5K Run and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. at Main Street and Cooper Avenue. Registration is from 7 to 8:15.
A children's bike parade will be held at 10:30, followed by a parade at 11, both on Main Street. At 6:30 at Cherokee High School on Tomlinson Mill Road, paratroopers are expected to attend a Support the Troops rally. There will be other activities, and fireworks will start about 9:45.
In case of rain, only the 5K run will be held. The fireworks will be rescheduled for Tuesday.
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst: The free annual celebration will be open to the public from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Doughboy Field parade grounds.
Activities will include bouncy castles, stilt walker, magician, balloon animals, face painting and live music. Fireworks will begin at 9:30.
A variety of food and novelty vendors will be available, including a beer concession.
Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. No pets, coolers or bottles are allowed. Backpacks and large purses are subject to search upon arrival. Patrons can listen to 1650-AM for information.
The gates at Wrightstown, Browns Mills, Pemberton and Route 68 will open at 5. Department of Defense cardholders are urged to use the main gate at McGuire.
Moorestown: A parade will begin at noon at Chester and Central avenues, turn onto Main Street and end at Church Street. The theme is "1776." Residents are encouraged to participate with decorated bicycles, scooters, wagons and wheelbarrows. Neighborhoods can put together floats.
Riverton: The annual events will begin with a 5K Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., starting at the Sacred Heart Family Center at Fourth Street and Linden Avenue.
Following will be: the 114th annual children's parade at 10 a.m. along Main Street; a welcome ceremony at 11:30 at Memorial Park on Cedar Street; the 20th Great Joe Zaneski Downhill Race for ages 5 through 18-plus at 2:30 p.m. at Elm Terrace and Park Avenue; the annual pet pageant at 3:30 at the park; the Great Riverton Raft Race at 5:30 on the Delaware River; and an awards presentation after the raft race. This year's parade marshal is longtime resident Ruth Yearly.
Willingboro: The Levittown Memorial VFW Post 4914 on Creekview Road will open its doors to the community from 1 to 6 p.m. with a barbecue featuring burgers, hot dogs, sausages and sides. Also, the cantina will be open. There will be no charge for the food, but donations are appreciated.
Philadelphia: The annual Philadelphia Independence Day Parade, featuring 4,000 participants from more than a dozen states, will begin at 11 a.m. at Fifth and Chestnut streets and proceed along Chestnut, Ninth, Market and Front streets.
The parade will be preceded by ceremonies at Independence Hall and a commemorative exhibition at the President's House, "Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation" at Independence Mall, followed by a family-friendly festival along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and will conclude with a concert at 8:30 and fireworks display at 10:30 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Parkway featuring the Roots, Michael McDonald, Earth Wind & Fire, Sara Bareilles, Estelle, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and a tribute to city musical icons Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
Giant screens and speakers will broadcast the concert along the Parkway. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic.

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