July 4 organizers ready for a blast

By on June 13, 2018

Collectible now on sale to mark Fairyland of Candles milestone

The party is fast approaching. In less than a month, Lititz will celebrate it’s 201st Fourth of July.

Organizers Jeff Rinehimer and Kellye Martin, who serve on the Lititz Springs Park board, are excited for the day-long celebration. The annual event is the largest fundraiser for the park each year. To this day, the location remains a private entity, and does not receive any state or federal assistance.

Tickets now on sale
Admission wristbands went on sale June 1 during the Taste of Lititz, and will be available for purchase at the Lititz Welcome Center, McElroy’s Pharmacy, Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill (Lititz location) and Bomberger’s store. The pre-sale price is $13 for anyone 11 years of age and older. Children 10 and under are free. Wristbands purchased at the gate the day of the event will be $15 for anyone 11 years of age and older. Guests are free to come and go from the park anytime between noon (gate opening time) and 9:30 p.m. Gates will then close promptly at 9:30 p.m. (even for those with wristbands) as organizers need to make sure that all visitors are safely seated at their viewing locations before the fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m.

Help light up the night
To help celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Fairyland of Candles this year, special souvenirs will be available while supplies last.

“We are very excited to offer safe, flameless, handheld candles that visitors can purchase as an interactive way to be a part of the celebration this year,” said event organizer Kellye Martin. The candles have a realistic “flicker effect,” and a battery life of up to 50 hours.


Logan Widders, 5, of Lititz, shows off one of the souvenir “candles” which are now on sale at the Lititz Welcome Center. If supplies last, the collectible will also be available in Lititz Springs Park on July 4.

Food & fun
Many of the food trucks that customers know and love from previous years will be returning again this year. Several vendors will also be set up on Tuesday, July 3 following the Lititz Lions Club Patriotic Parade which begins at 6:30 p.m. after the parade. Back by popular demand from last year, look for Rick K and the Allnighters to perform that evening.

“On July 4th, we’ll kick off our band shell entertainment with the all-female rock group Steel Radiance,” said Martin. “Other acts will be bluegrass artists Colebrook Road, and of course the amazing Lords of 52nd Street, which will begin their hour long set at 6:30 pm.” The night will conclude with the Queen of Candles pageant, followed by the grand illumination of candles up and down the stream and surrounding area. Then, the grand finale­the spectacular fireworks show, which will begin on the adjacent field at 9:45 p.m.

Kid Zone
In the Kid Zone, entertainment will feature local favorite Insanity Factor, Forgotten Friends Reptile Rescue, music from Judy Pancoast, a performance by Pulse Dance Studio, and a special story time with Janine Miller, author of the book “Three Wishes for Wilbur,” which is set in Lititz Springs Park. Miller, as well as the book’s illustrator Betsy Cook, will be on hand with autographed copies of the book available for purchase. There will also be face painters, a caricaturist, and free kids games throughout the day.And of course, it wouldn’t be July 4th without the creative participants (both old and young) of the annual Baby Parade, which first began in 1937. The theme for the Kid Zone this year will be Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and there will be some special surprises which will tie into this theme. One of them has already been revealed: there will be 5 special “golden tickets” up for grabs that visitors can win. Everyone who purchases a 2018 commemorative candle has a chance to win VIP seating for up to 5 people at the fireworks show on July 4th.

“Of the 1,000 candles that were created, 5 of them have a special gold wrap on the bottom,” said Martin. “If you pull one of these candles, you are one of the lucky winners! Not only will the winners have great seats for the show, but that also means that they don’t have to arrive at dawn to lay down a blanket in the field that morning.”

The first golden ticket was pulled at the 4th of July’s booth at the Taste of Lititz by Nikki Maney of Lititz. Martin urges everyone to grab this collectible soon, as there are still 4 more special candles out there to be claimed.

Candles are currently on sale at the Lititz Welcome Center. The cost is $4 each or three for $10. They will also be on sale in the park following the parade on July 3 and during the day on July 4.
In case of rain, the day’s activities will be postponed to July 5.

Visit lititz4thofjuly.com for more information.

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at cvanbrookhoven@lnpnews.com or 717-721-4423. 

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