Celebrate the Fourth in Bucks County

Don't want to trek into Philly or fight traffic to get to the shore? No worries. There will be plenty going on closer to home.

If you're looking to celebrate the Fourth of July in or around Newtown, look no further. Here's a roundup of local festivities:


  •  will ring in Independence Day with a parade starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending late in the evening, after the legendary fireworks bonanza. (The fairgrounds will be closed between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in preparation for the fireworks.) A general admission of $3 will be charged for everyone over the age of 3 this night.
  • Middletown Township will hold its  starting at 9 a.m. The parade starts at Veterans Memorial Park on Veterans Highway and continues along Trenton Road, ending at Twin Oaks Park.
  • The historic Moland House in Warwick will celebrate . The house served as George Washington's military headquarters in the summer of 1777.
  • Lower Southampton Township is hosting a parade,  that will start at 1 p.m. at Second Street and Bustleton Pike and will move north on Route 213 Bridgetown Pike to  and the . The parade will feature a Mummers string band, jug, pipe and pep bands, the Jody King Show, Mad Dog, the Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band to the Boogie Dogs, Dixieland music, a motorcycle drill team, local and visiting fire departments and colorful floats.
  • Fonthill Museum in Doylestown will host an . The  will include a decorated bike parade, town ball game (19th-century baseball), watermelon eating contests, free old-time games and live music.
  • Iron Abbey in Horsham will be hosting a  starting at 3 p.m. The event will take place at the Horsham gastro pub's outdoor patio.


  •  will begin at 3 p.m. with a parade. The parade will start at the Newtown Business Commons. The route will follow Newtown Yardley Road, making a left turn on South Elm and a right turn on Center Avenue. It will then make its way to Sycamore Street and go right, ending at  Starting at 6 p.m., a block party will be held at and continue until a fireworks show caps off the events after sunset. Parking for the fireworks and block party is at
Dori McCrane July 04, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Nothing in Newtown because the town caters to what is best for the business owners. The town decided some years ago that most people go away on the Fourth of July,so the town would celebrate July 4th on the first Saturday following July 4th. That way, there are more people on the street for which to sell food, clothing, etc. I do frequent the businesses in Newtown as I have for 24 years. But, the fourth of July should be celebrated on July 4. The focus should be on the real First Fourth, not the one made up to accommodate the businesses. Where am I? At the shore. I want to see celebrations, parades, fireworks. We tried staying in Newtown and if they decide to bring back celebrating the Fourth of July on July 4, we'll be there.
Liz Furman July 04, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I believe the fireworks are at the middle school and parking is at the high school.
Pat July 04, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I agree with you 100%, Dori.
J L July 05, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Time of Newtown fireworks???
Kara Seymour July 05, 2012 at 07:15 PM
dark, usually around 9 pm


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