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LSP Live adds to Fourth of July traditions
The Fourth of July has expanded in Lititz. The celebration will take place over four days, starting with the LSP Live Summer Music Festival.
This new event will be held Saturday, June 25, a little more than two weeks from now.
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.
"I wanted to start something new on the weekend before the Fourth," explained Matt Clair, who is chairing the program. "There are a lot of people who travel to be with family over the holiday weekend and miss the historic Fourth of July event. I wanted to start an event that gives everyone a chance to come down and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere that Lititz has to offer, without having to work around all the holiday weekend plans. I feel like everyone benefits when a town works together to mix up the day-to-day routine.
"What better way to show off Lititz than free entertainment and amazing specials to showcase the great local businesses we have here in Lititz?"
? Picnic at the Bandshell, 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 Volleyball Tournament, Noon — If you are interested in participating, e-mail your contact information and team name to LSPlive25@gmail.com. There will be a cap on the number of teams participating, and brackets will be drawn and e-mailed one week prior to the event.
According to Clair, eight teams will play in the tournament. There will be a grass court and a sand court. The championship matches will all be played on sand.
? Live, Free Entertainment at the Bandshell, 1 p.m. — Live performances from a handful of 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 toward keeping Lititz Springs Park beautiful for generations to come. The entertainment lineup will be posted closer to the event.
? 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 local restaurants and pubs. All specials will be posted in participating local businesses at a later date.
? Movie at the Bandshell, 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 bandshell. Refreshments will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
While LSP Live gets the ball rolling this Fourth of July, three more days of festivities are planned.
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.
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.
The big event is set for Saturday, July 2 when the park will be bustling with entertainment, traditional events such as the baby parade and Queen of Candles pageant, and, of course, the high-tech fireworks display. Gates to the park open at noon, and a rain date is set for Monday, July 4.
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 1811. More FOURTH, page A17