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Countdown to the Fourth Celebration begins in 10 days
The kids are on summer vacation and Lititz is less than two weeks away from the start of its signature event — the Fourth of July.
As a preamble to the 195th Fourth of July in Lititz Springs Park, honoring "Our American Heroes," a patriotic band performance will take place in the park band shell on Sunday, June 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The free concert is a "thank you" from the Lititz Springs Park Board to the community for its support of the non-profit recreational landmark. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Warwick High School Auditorium.
The Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic will present patriotic music, classical swing, show tunes and other selections. Toe-tapping marches and musical tributes will be in tune with this year’s theme, "Our American Heroes."
On Tuesday, July 3 the Lititz Lions Club will sponsor a patriotic parade through the downtown streets, followed by a free concert in the park by popular ’50s and ’60s cover band Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods at approximately 8 p.m. For more information, visit LititzLions.org.
The Big Day
July 4 falls on a Wednesday this year, and the cherished annual event will offer a fun-filled day of food, games and entertainment in the park (rain date is July 7).
WJTL radio’s Lisa Landis will be the emcee, and scheduled entertainment includes the singing of the National Anthem and National Bell Ringing Ceremony, New Line Revue Dancers, panning for gold with General Sutter, children’s games, celebrity pie eating contest, the 23rd annual Baby Parade, children’s poster contest, Lititz Community Band, Steven Courtney and the Suitcase Musicians, the 71st Annual Queen of the Candles Pageant and the 169th Grand Illumination of Candles along Lititz Run, and, of course, fireworks set to music.
Registration for the baby parade will take place at 3 p.m. at the Thomas Burkholder Gazebo near the Lion’s Head, and the parade will start at the gazebo at 4 p.m. This year will feature the newly-created Delmar Landis Grand Prize.
For five years, Delmar Landis had a passion to build large, life-like, baby parade floats depicting Lititz Springs Park and the theme of the year. During those five years, the Landis family won the grand prize for their floats. Delmar passed away this past year, so in his honor, the Landis family has established the prize to be given in his memory.
The children’s poster contest is open to anyone age 10 and under. Children can get out their crayons, paints, paper scraps, pictures from magazines, whatever they have, and design a poster on an 11 x 17 piece of paper or cardboard to honor the men and women who have fought for our freedom. Posters should be dropped off at the Welcome Center (train station) no later than June 30. The posters will be hung in the park during the celebration and winning artists will be given their prizes at 4:30 p.m. on July 4. Note to parents: please encourage your child to get involved in this fun community contest; the park board is hoping for a great display of local artistic and patriotic talent this year!
Offered throughout the day will be food, military displays, kids’ inflatables, games, roving clowns, storytelling, a caricaturist and many more surprises.
The featured entertainment will be rising country music star Nicole Donatone, followed by the pageant and traditional candle illumination. The night will be capped off by fireworks featuring a "synchronized pyromusical extravaganza" by Celebration Fireworks and Clair Global.
Gates open at noon. Admission to the event is $9 for adults in advance and $10 at the gate; children ages two to 10 are $4; and those under age 2 free. Advance tickets can be purchased at Bomberger’s Store, McElroy Pharmacy, Stauffers of Kissel Hill (Lititz location), Lititz Public Library and the Lititz Welcome Center.
Look for more features previewing this year’s events, as well as coverage, in upcoming issues of the Lititz Record Express. More FOURTH, page A6