NEWTOWN – There is something about the sound, that rumble that echoes in our ears for hours after. The way the sky, and our eyes, light up from the first blast to the last. And how even as older, more cynical adults, we easily turn into bright-eyed, open-mouthed children as the first beckoning boom reverberates around us. It’s magic come to life, right there in the open night sky.
And the rockets’ red glare, that wonderful cacophony of booms, bangs and blasts, as well as the spirited colors of orange, blue, green, gold and purple, will once again shower over Newtown during their First Fourth celebration on Saturday, July 7 during a highly anticipated fireworks display.
Beginning with a parade at 3 p.m., which starts from the Newtown Business Commons, more than a dozen different participants will march through the streets.
Joining the Daughters of the American Revolution, local veterans and others, State Rep. Steve Santarsiero and Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick will take the stroll through Newtown. Parade viewers will cheer as members of Action Karate demonstrate their moves and Revolutionary War re-enactors from Crossing Community Church perform drills along the parade route.
Included in the parade will be this year’s entrants into the annual Bike Decorating Contest, a highly anticipated event among Newtown’s pre-school and elementary school aged residents.
With prizes awarded in several age categories, children and parents all over the area have been busy designing and decorating their two wheeled and four wheeled bicycles in hopes of glory and honor which will be awarded before the fireworks that evening. Sponsored by the Newtown Arts Company, the Advance of Bucks County and BucksLocalNews.com, registration begins at 2 p.m. at the Newtown Business Commons, followed by judging at 2:30 p.m.
Shortly thereafter, Newtown Township residents will square off against Newtown Borough residents in a game of baseball. This friendly rivalry will take place on the Newtown Middle School softball field off Richboro Road beginning at 4:30 p.m. and has been an annual tradition since the establishment of Newtown’s First Fourth 12 years ago.
“This is an opportunity for us to good-naturedly harass each,” said Paul Salvatore, Vice Chair of the First Fourth Committee. “It’s just a matter of having a good old time from beginning to end.”
Salvatore explained that the borough is trying to “beef up” its team this year to win the trophy back from the township. He admitted suspiciously, “You know, a trophy is supposed to go back and forth to the winner each year, but we haven’t seen it in years.”
At 4 p.m. at the middle school, there will be food vendors, music, and demonstrations intended to interest and enlighten. A Colonial Encampment by Crossing Community Church will feature cooking and musket demonstrations, and there’s a strong rumor about a cannon firing. The Pegasus RC Club will feature 20 remote control plane aerial flights dipping and diving through the dusk-lit sky. Continued…
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