Spend Your 4th in Downtown Allentown!

Date: Jun 29, 2016

Linden Street and J. Birney Crum Stadium will come alive for a 4th of July Celebration & Street Festival held by the city of Allentown on Monday, July 4, beginning at 5:30pm. The event is free to the public and is set to feature great food from local and visiting mobile food vendors, family-friendly entertainment, and live music. To top off the night, the celebration will include a fantastic fireworks show accompanied by music broadcast through J. Birney Crum Stadium.

You can't have a 4th of July party without food, and this festival has plenty for you to taste. Puerto Rican Culture Preservation, Caribbean Noodles, Popcorn Pit, and MMG Concessions will be among the food vendors and trucks lining Linden Street on Monday night. Angelo's concessions will also be there serving up walking tacos, and Stuffed to the Grills will be serving beloved Irish nachos.

A local favorite, the Allentown Patriotic Pet Parade will also be held along Linden Street during the festival. The parade itself will begin at 6:15pm, and prizes for best Pet & Pal Combo, Best in Show, and Most Patriotic Pet will be given out after the parade concludes at 6:30pm. Those interested in participating can enter online or at the event before 6:00pm. We can't wait to see everyone's four-legged friends decked out in red, white, and blue!

Entertainment for festival-goers absolutely does not stop at the Pet Parade. Live music and performances will fill Linden Street all night, starting at 5:30pm. Performances include moves by XCAPE Hip Hop Dance Group, acoustic music by the Tim Harakal Trio, dance party rhythms from the UUU Party Band, and some patriotic tunes from the Allentown Municipal Band. The J. Birney Crum Stadium will also host acts starting at 6:00pm, including music by the Scott Marshall Highway Band, a dance performance by the Sharon Plessl School of Dance, and a patriotic flag drill by the children of Allentown's Summer Playground Program. Other performances include Danny V's 52nd Street Band playing some Billy Joel tunes, the William Allen High School Chorale singing the National Anthem, and the ROTC program of Dieruff High School presenting the American flag. If that doesn't sound like enough for you, don't forget the fireworks display that will be capping off the celebration! This year, thanks to WLEV and Cumulus Media, the fireworks presented by ZY Pyrotechnics and Wapwallopen will be accompanied by music broadcast through J. Birney Crum Stadium.

For more information about the festival, check out the Allentown Parks & Recreation Facebook page, the City of Allentown website, or view the city's press release.

And if you're looking for some pre-Independence Day festivities, consider one of the many events taking place this Sunday, July 3 throughout our city. The annual reading of the Declaration of Independence, this year featuring Dr. Neil Wetzel and other guest musicians, will be taking place at the Zion "Liberty Bell" United Church of Christ at the 10:30am service. Sunday afternoon, Friends of the Allentown Parks will present the fifth annual Model Sailboat Building and Race at the stone house at 2700 Parkway Boulevard from 1:00 to 3:00pm. The event is free and open to children of all ages, but space is limited, so advance registration is preferred. Register for the event online or by phone 610-432-7275.

We've got quite the holiday weekend ahead of us with events for people of all ages. We hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th in Downtown Allentown!