Two glorious days in the park

By on June 27, 2012

With the framework for thousands of candles in place, Lititz is once again ready for its signature event — Independence Day.

The three days of celebration opened this past Sunday with a special concert in Lititz Springs Park (see related story on this page), and will continue next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Some key information for those planning to attend:

? There is an admission cost for July 4 events, which includes entertainment and fireworks. Admission wristbands are available in advance and at the gate on the day of the event.

Adults: $9 in advance, $10 at the gate

Children 2-10: $4

Under 2: free

Advance wristbands are available at the Lititz Welcome Center, Lititz Public Library, McElroy Pharmacy, and Stauffers of Kissel Hill (Lititz location only).

? This Saturday is the last day for children 10 and under to submit posters for the poster contest. Posters should be 11×17, and the theme is "Our American Heroes." Drop off completed posters at the train station by Saturday. Prizes will be handed out around 4:30 p.m. on July 4.

? Everyone in town should have received a mailing with a coupon on the back for a drawing for a 46-inch thin 3D Smart TV. Also, the park will be giving away door prizes like Ned Foltz Pottery, Hersheypark tickets, gift cards, Lititz Dollars, books, flags and much more. Don’t miss out on your chance to win.

? Children 12 and under will have a chance to be selected to push the plunger to start the fireworks at the end of the night on July 4.

? Other July 4 highlights include Rita Clarke storytelling, Insanity Factor clowns and balloons, a pie eating contest (contestants still needed), Smilebooth souvenir photos, caricaturist Sam Mylin, Scooby Doo and Hershey’s characters, and much more.

But let’s not put the cart before the horse, as the Lititz Lions Club will host their annual Fourth of July Parade on July 3. Refer to the parade route graphic on page 1 to plan your seating strategy.

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m., near Wilbur Chocolate, and it will be followed by a free concert by Flamin Dick and the Hot Rods at the bandshell in Lititz Springs Park (approximately 8 p.m.). The Lions will also be selling food in the park, so plan to make an evening of it.

The following day is the big event, with park gates opening at noon, so get your tickets now and save a buck.

1 p.m. – children’s games in the volleyball court area.

2 p.m. – Sebastian Janoski sings the National Anthem, and Mayor Ron Oettel will oversee the National Bell Ringing ceremony.

2:10 p.m. – New Line Revue dancers

2:30 p.m. – Panning for gold with General Sutter

3 to 4 p.m. – Storytelling, balloons and magic at the Burkholder Gazebo

3 p.m. – Baby parade registration

3:30 p.m. – Pie eating contest

4 p.m. – 23rd annual baby parade

4:30 p.m. – Awards given for Lititz Lilacs tournament, retailers window display contest, children’s poster contest, TV give-away, fireworks plunger honor, etc.

4:45 p.m. – Boy Scout Pavilion dedication

5 p.m. – Lititz Community Band

6 p.m. – Insanity Factor

6:30 p.m. – Steven Courtney

8 p.m. – 71st Annual Queen of the Candles Pageant

8:30 p.m. – 169th Grand Illumination of the Candles

8:45 p.m. – Video tribute: "An American Hero Salute"

9 p.m. – Nicole Donatone concert

10:15 p.m. – Fireworks!

For more information on any of these events, visit the Lititz Springs Park website, More FOURTH, page A14 START JULY 4TH P ARADE ROUTE East Main Street East Orange Street South Cedar Street South Broad Street East Marion Street East Third Avenue

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