Clifton Heights

Clifton Heights will celebrate Independence Day, starting with its annual parade 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4. The parade, sponsored by the Borough of Clifton Heights and the Clifton Heights Business Association, is financed by citizens’ contributions.

This year’s celebration will have a flea market event, from 9 a.m, to 2 p.m. in Clifton Field. At 11 a.m., the parade awards will be presented. Clifton Heights will have its fireworks on Thursday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m. in Clifton Heights Athletic Field, 212 N. Springfield Road, Clifton Heights. Gates will open at 7 p.m. Rain date on July 5 is for fireworks only.

Collingdale

Collingdale will kick off the Independence Day Celebration with the roar of the motorcycles down MacDade Boulevard at 8:45 a.m. July 4. The rain date is July 6. The Grand Parade will commence at 9 a.m.  

This year’s parade marshals are Mayor Joseph Ciavarelli and 100-year-old World War II veteran Joseph Pasaretti. Everyone is invited to watch the big parade, featuring antique cars, fire departments, decorated bikes, the newly crowned King and Queen of Collingdale, floats and special guests Aqua String Band, Disney Princesses and Spiderman. The parade will end at Collingdale Park. Immediately following the parade, residents will gather for the Flag Raising Ceremony and unveiling of the "Mayor Frank C. Kelly Pavilion," in memory of Pennsylvania's longest serving mayor.  After the ceremony, the McChords will perform, and field games for all ages, horseshoes, waterslides, moon bounces, trackless train, art fair, children’s parade and more will be available. The events at Collingdale Park will end at 2 p.m. Fireworks will also be at the Collingdale Park at dusk. There will be no parking at the park. Parade registration, in person, will be 7 p.m. Monday, July 1 at the Community Center or sign up online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/GNPQ7F6.   For more information, check out the Facebook page @Collingdale4thofJuly, email 4thofjuly@comcast.net or call 610-532-5028.

East Lansdowne

The Borough of East Lansdowne will hold its 104th Independence Day Parade. The opening ceremonies will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4 outside of Borough Hall, Lexington and Emerson Aves. The raising of the Flag and singing of the National Anthem will begin the celebration, followed by a few short speeches and presentations. Mayor, John Dukes will have the privilege of honoring U.S. Navy Veteran and long time East Lansdowne resident, Edward Vetter.

The Parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will feature: The Greater Overbrook String Band, Second To None Drill Team, Penn Wood High School Marching Band, Extreme Creations Drill Team and more. After the Parade, everyone is welcome to congregate at Borough Hall for hot dogs, beverages, and other treats.

The East Lansdowne 4th of July Committee would like to thank, A. Gargiule & Sons Inc, for their generous sponsorship in supporting its annual community parade.

Haverford Township

Paddock Farms' Independence Day celebration is on July 4 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. with a parade, which begins at Merrybrook Circle and Colfax Rd. and ends at Paddock Park, where prizes will be awarded for the most patriotically-decorated strollers, scooters, wagons and bikes. After the parade, join friends and neighbors for a fun-filled day of games, rides, food, pony rides, face painting, drinks, and more.

The Paddock Farms Civic Association needs volunteers to help with the July 4th celebration, including during set-up, during the event, and cleaning up after the event. In addition, the Civic Association needs volunteers year-round. If you want to volunteer, do so at the event or join them at a meeting on July 14 at 4 p.m.

Lynnewood Park section of the Township will celebrate Independence Day on July 4 starting at 9 a.m. with a parade beginning at Mt. Pleasant Road and Howell Lane. Participants, particularly anyone who wants to be judged, should arrive by 9 a.m. As always, there are a multitude of categories, plus lots of prizes and other fun activities for everyone. For more information, visit the “Lynnewood Park Civic Association” Facebook event page.

Lansdowne

The Union Athletic Association will host the Annual Lansdowne Fourth of July Parade beginning 9 a.m., at East Greenwood and North Wycombe avenues. From Wycombe, the parade will turn onto Stewart Avenue, then right onto Lansdowne, then right again onto Essex Avevue, concluding at Penn Wood High School Football Field. At the field, music, introduction of the parade marshal, a few short speeches, foot races, prizes, free water ice and more will be featured. At 10:30 a.m. there will be presentation of parade prizes and foot race awards and at noon the Lansdowne Boys and Girls Clubs All Star baseball games begin,

This year’s theme is “Let’s Paws To Celebrate” and the 2019 Grand Marshal is Animal Friends of Lansdowne.

Lansdowne will hold its Independence Day fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m., Thursday, July 4 at Penn Wood High School, 100 Green Ave., Lansdowne. The borough has kept their fireworks tradition for over 100 years. The evening will kick off with musical entertainment by the TriBeCa band at 7:45 p.m. There will be dancing, plus hot dogs, cotton candy, water ice, pretzels at the concession stand.

Marple Newtown

The annual Marple Newtown Fourth of July Parade will celebrate America’s birthday, stepping off Thursday, July 4, at 10 a.m.

The parade will begin at St. Albans Circle in Newtown Square and end at the Broomall Firehouse at Malin Road, Marple. The rain date is Saturday, July 6.

New to the parade this year is a "Parade Quiet Zone" for individuals sensitive to loud sounds. The zone will stretch along West Chester Pike from Evergreen Avenue to Ann Road, Broomall. Sounding sirens and blowing air horns will be prohibited in this stretch of the parade route.

Two new musical groups will also be marching this year: Fusion Core Drum Corp from New Jersey and the Marching Cobras Drumline and Danceline from New York.

The parade committee invites community members to be a part of this parade. All residents are invited to come up with a patriotic theme and march together with family, friends, neighbors or to make a float, play in a band or ride their bikes or other vehicle in the parade.

To get involved with the parade, contact MN Leisure Services at 610-353-2326 to register. Registration on the day of the parade is 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at St. Albans Circle. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to judge late arrivals. Advance registration for bikes or hand-drawn floats is not necessary. Bike and hand-drawn floats registration starts at 9 a.m. at St. Anastasia Church. They will also enter the parade from that location.

Marple Chief of Police Tom Murray has been selected as this year’s parade grand marshal. The chief is a graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School, Class of 1970, and attended St. Joseph’s University. Murray has been active in the Marple Township community since he was 17 years old when he joined the Broomall Fire Co. as a volunteer firefighter in 1969.  During his time with the Broomall Fire Co., Murray rose through the ranks. In 1980, he was elected to chief of the fire company, a position he held for over 20 years. Murray continues his service with the fire company to this day and currently serves as the deputy chief.

In September 1979, Murray was sworn in as a patrol officer with the Marple Township Police Department. During the next 13 years, he worked in patrol, before being promoted to sergeant, a position he held for 10 years.  In July 2002, Murray was again promoted, this time to the rank of lieutenant in charge of police operations. On January 10, 2005, he was promoted one final time to the rank of chief of police.

Murray currently chairs the Delaware County Emergency Services Advisory Committee and is a board member for the Delaware County Domestic Abuse Project. He has served as the president of the Delaware County Police Chiefs Association in 2013 and is past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Arson Investigators.

On Jan. 10, 2020, 15 years to the day he was appointed chief, Murray will officially retire from the Marple Township Police Department, having served for just over 40 years. 

Media

Media Recreation Board will hold the annual Independence Day celebration on Thursday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. The day will feature a live performance by Silly Joe, a water slide, and games for the kids. There will also be a bike decorating contest for those that wish to participate.  

Families can end the day on July 4, at Glen Providence Park for a Movie Under the Stars. Attendees are advised to arrive by dusk for shorts from the Media Film Festival, followed by National Treasure at 8:15 p.m., the historical adventure mystery. People should bring a blanket or chair, and relax under the stars, with fireflies and distant fireworks, to watch a modern-day fortune hunter race to rescue the Declaration of Independence, while seeking a treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers.  The event is free and family-friendly. National Treasure is rated PG, and runs 2 hours 11 minutes. The film event is presented by the Media Business Authority, Media Arts Council, and Friends of Glen Providence Park and sponsored by Sterling Pig, Media Recreation, and Media Borough.

 Glen Providence Park's main entrance is at 550 W. State St., Media. The  movie's rain date  is Saturday, July 6. For more information, contact the Media Business Authority 610-566-5039 x255.

Morton

Ryan Gilfillian is the creator, sponsor and coordinator of this year's 4th of July celebration in Morton. All events will take place place on the grounds of Morton Borough Hall, Highland and Sycamore avenues from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If it rains, activities will move indoors to the gymnasium of the hall.

Highlights of the celebration will include a show by Morton's "Stepping With Confidence" team, face painting, free food and beverages, music, a slime station, decorated bicycles contest, water balloon fights, a moon bounce, a slip 'n slide, and a dunk tank. Merchandise from Confidence Clothing, a company Gilfillian owns, will be on sale. Volunteers are  still needed for the event.

In a related 4th of July matter, councilman John Miller Jr. said he wants to make residents aware that fireworks are not legal for use in the borough.

"Nothing combustible," Miller said, adding that sparklers and caps used in toy pistols are permissible.

Norwood

The Annual Parade will begin at 8:15, Thursday, July 4, at the flag pole across from Davis Trading Post, and continues over to the west side where the main portion of the parade joins the lineup. The parade ends at Kugler Park, where there will be moon bounces, dunk tank, leg races, and more set up for the parade watchers’ enjoyment. Refreshments for sale will include hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cake, snow cones and drinks. Anyone wishing to volunteer should go to the archive table.

The Citizen’s Fourth of July Association of Norwood will also have a “Best Patriotic House Decorating Contest.” Norwood residents can register their homes for judging by calling Sue Sakers at 484-494-7992. Registration deadline is June 27. The judging will be done on June 30 and winners will be announced on July 4.

Prospect Park

The Prospect Park Fourth of July Parade will begin at 9 a.m. and include a celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Park Square. Activities will include a youth and pet contest, food, games, music, a donut contest, dunk tank and more. Youth and pet parade registration will take place Wednesday, June 26, and Friday, June 28, from 5-7 p.m. at the Prospect Park Firehouse.

A Patriotic Home Decorating Contest, conducted by the Prospect Park Recreation Board, will occur from July 1-3. Judges will tour the borough and select patriotic decorating homes by the looks of their exterior. Winners will be awarded at a future borough council meeting.

Ridley Park

Ridley Park Borough will hold its children’s bike parade and games for children Thursday, July 4. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at ABC Park and the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. The parade will end at Ridley Park firehouse, where the games will immediately begin. The borough’s fireworks will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Eastlake Park.

The Ridley Park Car Show will take place at Eastlake Park, Constitution Avenue and West Ridley Avenue, 11 a.m. July 6. Registration begins at 10 a.m. for all makes, models and motorcycles. Entry fee is $10. Everyone is welcome to a day of classic cars, entertainment, food and more, all capped off with fireworks in the evening.

Ridley Township

Leedom Estates will host its Independence Day parade and celebration, entitled, “Let Leedom Ring,” Thursday, July 4, with a rain date of Saturday, July 6. The parade will start promptly at 10 a.m., followed by a family picnic at the Leedom Community Center, located at the intersection of Rodney and Darby roads.

Those who wish to participate in the bike decorating contest should meet behind Leedom School at 9:15 a.m. Judging begins at 9:45 a.m. Parade participants include scouts, local fire companies led by Leedom Fire Co., Leedom Bulls, active and retired military, Ridley Area Little League, stroller, float and bike decorating contest participants, the Ridley Township commissioners, members of the Ridley High School Marching Band, motorcycles and classic cars and more.

The family picnic will include a moon bounce and obstacle course, crafts, raffle baskets, commemorative shirt sale, fire trucks, games, stroller/bike decorating contest prizes, Mr. Softee, music, free food and more.

Anyone interested in volunteering their time or for more information on the events, can contact Leedom Estates Civic Association at leedomcivic@gmai.com or check out “Leedom Estates Civic Association” on Facebook.

Springfield 

The 38th annual Springfield Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the township in conjunction with the Springfield Lions Club, will kick off at 9:15 a.m. on Powell Road. This year’s grand marshal is Fred Huenerfauth, in recognition of his man years of service in running the parade.

The parade will proceed down Powell, to Saxer Avenue, and end at the Veterans Memorial Park where there will be moonbounces, races, games, face painting, juggler, clown, balloon man, band concert, pony rides, the Springfield Run for Fun and much more. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated stroller, trikes and bikes and floats. The event at the park will begin at 10 a.m., with the National Anthem sang by the Media Dixies, followed by a flag raising ceremony and salute to veterans, free ice cream and balloons and family friendly activities.

 

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