Lititz Independence Day: Schedule of Events

By on June 24, 2015


Lititz’s big weekend is almost here. Two days of patriotic festivities start July 3 with the parade, and continues with a fabulous ‘50s theme in Lititz Springs Park. From Flamin’ Dick to funnel cakes to fireworks, here is your schedule of events:


July 3

Lititz Lions Club Parade —Begins at 6:30 p.m. on North Broad Street near Wilbur Chocolate Museum & Store. Bob Criswell is the grand marshal. There is no rain date for this event.

Concert —After the parade, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods will perform classic oldies in the Lititz Springs Park bandshell. The concert is free.

Presentations —The concert will be interspersed with presentations honoring veterans, emergency responders and the town of Lititz itself.

Food will be sold throughout the evening. More information, and a full parade route can be found at Questions can be addressed to


July 4

Day-long celebration in Lititz Springs Park. The theme is “Red, White and Cool.” Lisa Landis, WJTL 90.3-FM deejay, will emcee the festivities.

7:30 to 8:30 a.m. —Blankets for fireworks viewing can be placed during this time.

10:30 a.m. —Pre-event activity, Kids Cookie Break with Lisa Landis.

12 p.m. —Gates open

Food court and food trucks sponsored by Appalachian Brewing Company and Penn Cinema will operate all day in the inner parking lot.

1950s cars will be displayed in Oehme Gazebo area.

Local businesses displays will be set up in a tent near the round house.

12:30 to 4 p.m. —Historical artifacts from the 1950s will be displayed in the Beck Memorial Bandshell.

12:30 to 6 p.m. —Children’s games in the KidsZone, sponsored by Grace Church.

1:30 to 2 p.m. —Panning for gold with Gen. John A. Sutter, portrayed by Tim Hartel, along Lititz Run, sponsored by the Lititz Women of Today.

1:45 to 2:15 p.m. —Magician Vanden the Great in the Fun101.3/92.7ESPN pavilion.

2 to 3 p.m. —Children’s storytelling by Rita Clarke in the Burkholder pavilion.

2 to 4 p.m. —Mama Tried Band, American Bandstand-style dancing in the Oehme pavilion.

2 to 7 p.m. —The Insanity Factor, balloon sculptor and magic shows, throughout the park; Vanden the Great, juggling, throughout the park.

2:25 to 2:55 p.m. —Pulse Dance Studio presents “What a Feeling!” in the Fun101.3/92.7ESPN pavilion.

3 to 3:50 p.m. —Baby Parade registration at the Lititz Caboose, coordinated by the Lititz Women of Today.

3:05 to 4:05 p.m. —Jack Hubley’s “Feathered Hunters: Hawks and Owls” in the Fun101.3/92.7ESPN pavilion.

4 to 4:45 p.m. —26th Annual Baby Parade, starting at the Wall of Remembrance, going to the KidsZone, and ending at the Oehme Gazebo, sponsored by Heart of Lancaster and coordinated by the Lititz Women of Today.

4:30 to 5 p.m. —Pulse Dance Studio presents: “What a Feeling!” in the Fun101.3/92.7ESPN pavilion.




Patriotic and 1950s Salute

Beck Memorial Bandshell, sponsored by Ephrata National Bank.

4:50 p.m. —National Anthem sung by Corey Kerstetter.

“Fourth of July Salute” ­ Hon. Tim Snyder, mayor of Lititz, and the German Regiment.

5 to 6 p.m. —Lititz Community Band in concert; Heidi Limbert, director.

6:15 to 7 p.m. —Mama Tried Band

7:15 to 7:50 p.m. —Chris Poje, ‘50s Doo Wop

8 to 8:25 p.m. —Pulse Dance Studio presents: “Groovin’ through the 50s”

8:30 to 9 p.m. —74th Queen of the Candles Pageant; Lisa Landis, narrator; sponsored by the Lititz Woman’s Club.

8:45 p.m. —172nd Grand Illumination of Candles along Lititz Run, sponsored by Listrak.

9:15 p.m. —Deejay on the Manheim Auto Auction Field and Stage.

9:45 p.m. —Pyrotechnics extravaganza with synchronized pyromusical fireworks by Celebration Fireworks and Clair Global, sponsored in part by Blue Ridge Communications, Clair Global, Manheim Auto Auction, and Susquehanna Bank.




Advance tickets for the July 4th celebration cost $10; they will be $12 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased at the park Welcome Center, Bomberger’s Store, McElroy’s Pharmacy, and Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill. The event is free for kids 12 and under.

The rain date is July 5. For more details, visit

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