Four-day Fourth starts this weekend Grand marshal named for Lions parade

By on June 22, 2011

The Fourth of July festivities in Lititz are fast approaching. Four days of events ranging from the new LSP Live to the parade, to queens and fireworks will get underway this weekend.

The first event is the LSP (Lititz Springs Park) music festival this Saturday, followed by an Air National Guard concert and historical reenactment on Sunday. Then, the following weekend (July 1 and 2), will be the Lions Club parade and the full day of entertainment and fireworks in the park.

The most recent update on the festivities is the announcement of the grand marshal for the July 1 parade — Don Hedgecock, longtime Lion and current resident of Moravian Manor.

"I was very happy to learn that they wanted me to be grand marshal," he said.

Hedgecock, 90, has been a Lion for 52 years, starting his service in Maine and continuing it locally when he moved to Lititz in 1978. Born in Nebraska, he is a retired chemist who worked for Hamilton Watch in Lancaster and for the federal government (Air Force). As a Lititz Lion, he’s held every office in the club, except for treasurer, and he can boast perfect attendance at club meetings throughout his career (Lititz Lions meet twice a month at the General Sutter Inn).

"I’m happy to be able to serve," Hedgecock said of his time with the Lions. "It’s a pleasure, and I enjoy the camaraderie of the Lions."

As he parades through downtown Lititz on July 1, he said he’ll be thinking about all the times he’s been able to help out. His family, including his daughter and grandchildren, will be there cheering him on.

LSP Live

The holiday will get off to a hopping start this Saturday, June 25, with the new LSP Live Summer Music Festival.

Essentially an all-day party in downtown Lititz, with Lititz Springs Park as the central staging area, LSP Live will feature a community picnic, volleyball tournament, live music by local bands, a downtown promenade, and a surround sound movie at dusk at the park bandshell.

? Picnic at the Band Shell, 11:30 a.m. — Grills and coolers are welcome for a open ended barbecue throughout the day. To reserve an entire table in the pavilion, e-mail your request and contact information to LSPlive25@gmail.com, and you will receive a reply with more details. The minimum donation per table is $40 and all proceeds go to Lititz Springs Park.

? 4 vs. 4 Sand Volleyball Tournament at Noon.

? Live, Free Entertainment at the Band Shell, 1 p.m. — Live performances from a handful of talented local bands, from blues to classic rock, will be playing for your donations, and their chance to win the grand prize. All proceeds will go towards keeping Lititz Springs Park beautiful for generations to come.

Bands that are scheduled to play will be Jimmi Sexton Experiment at 1 p.m., Engleside at 2 p.m., EGR (Every Good Reason) at 3 p.m., The Skeeties at 4 p.m. and The Districts at 5 p.m.

? Downtown Lititz Promenade, 6 p.m. — Take a break from the festivities in the park and stroll through historic downtown Lititz to enjoy dinner and drink specials at some of the restaurants and pubs. Specials will include:

Bulls Head / General Sutter: They will be donating a percentage of each of the advertised sales to the Park. LSP Live Martini, LSP Live Sandwich and Special Cask Ale on top of the bar.

The Savory Gourmet: Special wine and cheese tasting, Alligator and Kangaroo samplers for all visitors

Toy Soldier: They will be donating proceeds from the Back Bar and Cigar Bar to the Park. Revolution related trivia in the Back Bar with DJ and special prizes for winners; food and drink specials in honor of LSP Live.

Cafe Chocolate: They will be donating all proceeds toward the Park. Deliciously fresh dark chocolate dipped frozen strawberries.

Dosie Dough: Free small coffee with all purchases over $5.

Tomato Pie Cafe: 50 percent off any drink with the purchase of any entree.

? 5.1 Surround Sound Movie Presentation at the Band Shell, Dusk — Come down and enjoy the first ever 5.1 surround sound movie presentation in the Park. "Iron Man" will be brought to life at the Lititz Springs Park Band Shell. Refreshments will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Historical Community Day

Sunday, June 26 is Historical Community Day, which will feature a free concert by the Air National Guard Band from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and an 1843 Candle Illumination Re-enactment from 7:45 to 9 p.m.

Lions Club Parade

Friday, July 1 marks the annual Lions Club Parade through the streets of downtown Lititz, followed by free entertainment in Lititz Springs Park by Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m.

Entertainment and Fireworks

The big event is set for Saturday, July 2 when the park will be bustling with entertainment, baby parade, food court, family games, troop care packages, the Queen of Candles pageant, 7,000 candles will be illuminated, and hi-tech fireworks will be synchronized with sound. The rain date is set for July 4.

Admission information

Admission bracelets for the Fourth of July celebration on July 2 are currently available at Bomberger’s Store, McElroy Pharmacy, SKH’s Lititz location, and the Welcome Center at the park. Adult bracelets (ages 11 and up) are $9 in advance, $10 at the gate; children 2 to 10 are $4 in advance and at the gate; children under 2 are free.

The theme for this year’s festivities is "A Community Legacy," which commemorates the 194th continuous celebration in the park and the 200th anniversary of the first festivities held in Lititz in

For additional information, visit lititzspringspark.org. More FOURTH, page A3