Thankfully, Tom Coombe was generous enough to provide everyone with a complete schedule for Sunday, July 7th in downtown Easton, PA:
- 9 a.m: First United Church of Christ hosts this year’s ecumenical worship service in union with First Presbyterian, St. John’s Lutheran, and Trinity Episcopal.
- 10 a.m: Ecumenical service at Riverside Park.
- 11 a.m to 4 p.m: Free admission and tours of Bachmann Publick House. At 11 a.m., there will be an 18th century fashion show, followed by a mock trial of a colonial citizen accused of horse theft.
- 11 a.m. to 5 p.m: The Sigal Museum hosts “Liberty Called and Northampton County Answered,” an exhibit of WW I and WW II posters and artifacts, $5 admission. The museum will also feature “A Sampling of Easton’s Historic Buildings,” presented by historian Richard Hope at 11 a.m. and “Captured by Indians: The Gilbert Family Ordeal,” by historian John Moore at 1 p.m.
- 11 a.m: “For Independence or King George,” argued by American and Canadian town criers, on the Heritage Stage.
- Noon: Reenactment of the reading of the Declaration of Independence by Chris Black, Heritage Stage.
- 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m: Classic car show
- 1 p.m: Treaty of Easton Pageant (French & Indian War), Heritage Stage
- 1 p.m. to 4 p.m: Children’s shows at the Pint-Size Stage, 200 block of Northampton Street, including: Puppets by The Yipee Show, Clancy the
- Clown, juggling by Alex Kowalcyk, a magic show by Tom Yurasits, and Lilli and Clown.
- 1 p.m. to 4 p.m: Historic Easton Trolley Tour (free) – State Theatre (tour), Easton Area Public Library (view original Easton flag), Jacob Nicholas House (tours 11 a.m.-4 p.m.), Parson Taylor House/St. John’s Lutheran Church, Trinity Episcopal Church
- 1 p.m. to 5 p.m: Trolley Tour of College Hill, sponsored by the College Hill Neighborhood Association, leaves from Bachmann Publick House on the hour. Nominal fee charged.
- 1 p.m: Uke Jackson’s Big Bottom Band, Star Spangled Stage
- 1 p.m: Carter Lansing, Homespun Stage
- 2 p.m: The Lost Ramblers, Homespun Stage
- 2:30 p.m. – Music of the Civil War and the Maritimes by The Jolly Tars, Heritage Stage
- 2:30 p.m. – Mayor Panto will meet a boat carrying a keg of Three Sisters Brew, a specialty beer made by the Shawnee Craft Brewery, at Scott Park’s boat launch. The beer is made from the three staples of the Colonial era Indians – corn, beans, and squash. Samples available at the Bachmann Publick House.
- 3 p.m: Maria Woodford Band, Star Spangled Stage
- 3 p.m: Last Small Town, Homespun Stage
- 3 p.m: Whitehall Guard, Heritage Stage
- 4 p.m: “Be the Bugler,” with bugler, Mayor Panto, and children, Heritage Stage
- 4:30 p.m. – Heritage Day festivities move to riverfront, with the Patriot Parade to the Delaware River, leaves from Centre Square
- 5 p.m: The Great White Caps, The Dell at Scott Park
- 6 p.m: The School of Rock, Riverside Park
- 7:30 p.m: The Philadelphia Funk Authority, The Dell at Scott Park (and encore after fireworks)
- 8 p.m: The Large Flowerheads, Riverside Park (Encore following fireworks)
- 9:30 p.m: Fireworks viewing from Scott and Riverside Parks
Also some more fun and exciting news from Easton:
The Easton City Council approved a resolution to suspend downtown meter enforcement on July 7th for the City’s annual Heritage Day Festival.
“My concern on this is if we suspend for that day what about the other days,” questioned Council Member Roger Ruggles. “What about the other festivals that we have?”
Council Member Elinor Warner, who introduced the resolution for consideration, defended the request stating that the size and nature of the festival required a suspension of meter enforcement for the day.
“This is our Fourth of July celebration,” commented Warner.
“This is really the City’s festival, not City as in City government, but City as a whole,” commented Council Member Michael Fleck.
Warner mentioned that Council will also be looking into altering the ordinance regarding meter enforcement for future festivals and dates.
The resolution to suspend downtown meter enforcement for the Heritage Day Festival was approved by a unanimous vote.
This is shaping up to be a great Sunday in downtown! And for those of you who live across the river in Phillipsburg who want to join us for the festivities, there’s good news for you too:
Single lane traffic on Route 22 near Easton is expected to resume July 8.
Lane closures connected to Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission’s Route 22 bridge project are taking a long Fourth of July holiday.
The commission suspended lane closures for the project Wednesday “as an accommodation for work that PennDOT is conducting along Route 22 west,” it said in a news release.