Delaware River Towns 4th of July Guide


The biggest event of the summertime is just around the corner- July 4th! Celebrate America’s independence at these fantastic July 4th events happening in the Delaware River Towns:
1st Friday Night Fireworks
July 7, 2017 at 9:30pm
Where: Over the Delaware River River Road in New Hope
New Hope & Lambertville will host the kickoff to its 3rd season of Friday Night Fireworks, happening on the 1st Fridays of each month.  This dazzling event, put on by the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau enchants viewers as they watch and express their delight in the universal fireworks language of “Ooohh…..ahhhhh.”

Riverside Symphonia Concert Under The Stars
July 1, 2017 at Dusk
Tinicum Park in Erwinna
Celebrate the 4th of July Holiday weekend with an evening of light classical, popular, and patriotic music and a grand fireworks finale under the stars along the banks of the Beautiful Delaware River. Plan a picnic, bring your family, bring your friends and find out why this has become a much loved and quintessential Bucks County tradition.

Revolutionary 10K Run & 5K Fitness Run/Walk
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Washington Crossing Park
The 37th Annual Revolutionary Run to be held in historic Washington Crossing Park, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Proceeds from this event are used for:

  • ​Township emergency services
  • College scholarships
  • Community events through UMBA

Old-Fashioned Community Picnic
July 2, 2017 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Washington Crossing Historical Park
1112 River Road Washington Crossing, PA
Join us for an Old-Fashioned Community Picnic starting at 6 PM. Attendees are invited to bring their own dinner, picnic supplies and lawn games. Prizes will be awarded for Most Creative Picnic Display, Most Delectable Menu, and Best in Show.
At 8 PM, Broad Street Brass will hold a free concert featuring patriotic music and other selections. The day will end with a spectacular firework’s show at 9 PM. All activities will be held in the large field across River Road and diagonal to the park’s Visitor Center.
Fonthill’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2017 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Fonthill Castle – East Court Street & Route 313 Doylestown, PA 18901
Enjoy a day of family fun, food, old-fashioned games, crafts, entertainment and live music, with the visual splendor of Henry Mercer’s estate as the backdrop. Join in the watermelon eating contests, sack races, tug-o-war, bucket brigade relays, town ball (an early form of baseball), the cake walk, wheelbarrow races, hobby horse races, and more.
You can also sit back and enjoy some stirring good old-fashioned patriotic music or participate in a craft activity. A selection of vendors including Happy Snacks, Big Poppa’s BBQ, and Sweet Pea Ice Cream will be offering a variety of summertime snacks and treats, or you may bring your own picnic and spread a blanket on Fonthill’s grounds.
The day’s festivities kick off with the Children’s Decorated Bike Parade at 12:30 p.m., as kids are invited to take the traditional ride over bubble wrap down Fonthill’s tree-lined driveway. Prizes will be awarded for the most dressed up bikes in the categories of “most patriotic,” “most original,” and “most dynamic.”
Enter Fonthill’s 2nd Annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Pie Baking Contest. Pies will be judged on 75 percent taste and 25 percent appearance. First, second and third prizes will be awarded. Professional bakers may not enter. Download the rules and registration information here.
Other activities throughout the day include dog agility demonstrations with the Kruisin’ Kanines, storytelling with Robin Moore in front of his teepee, antique bike demonstrations with the PA Wheelman, and music with the Bucks County Country Gentlemen, Del Val Saxophone Quartet, and Galena Brass Brand.
Fonthill Castle will also be open for abbreviated tours. The separate admission fee for tours is: $3 adults, $2 seniors, $1 youth and free for members with membership card.
Parking on the grounds is free. Heavy rain cancels the event.
Schedule of Events:

11:30 am Storytelling with Darcy Fair
12:15 am National Anthem
12:30 pm Bike Parade
12:45 pm Del Val Saxophone Quartet, Kruisin’ Kanines dog agility demonstrations
1:00 pm Tours of Fonthill begin & Bike Parade Awards
1:15 pm Watermelon Eating Contests begin
1:30 pm Wheelbarrow and Sack Races, Storytelling with Robin Moore, Antique Bicycle demonstrations
1:45 pm Kruisin’ Kanines dog agility demonstrations
2:00 pm Galena Brass Band, Fonthill Downs
2:30 pm Obstacle Course & Town Ball
2:45 pm The Cake Walk, Antique Bicycle demonstrations
3:30pm Tug-O-War, Storytelling with Robin Moore, Pie Contest Winners Announced
3:15 pm Musical Performances
3:30 pm Wheelbarrow and Sack Races

Tickets: $5 adults/$3 members/Youth under 15 free