Community and patriotism celebrated during Greencastle-Antrim July Fourth

July 01, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Children wave their flags in the photo from a past Fourth of July celebration in Greencastle, Pa.
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GREENCASTLE, Pa. — When it comes to the Fourth of July, Greencastle pulls out all the stops with a traditional hometown celebration.

This year's celebration will be held Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tayamentasachta Environmental Center in the pavilion and walnut grove.

Attendees should bring lawn chairs for the event, which will be held rain or shine.

Since its inception in 2002, organizers have centered the celebration around community and patriotism.

The welcome will begin at 11:15 a.m., with Pastor Donald Bohn giving the invocation, the VFW posting the colors, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and attendees singing "The National Anthem."

Cub Scout Pack 95 of Shady Grove will conduct a flag-folding ceremony.

Greencastle-Antrim fallen hero Ben Bitner, who was killed April 23 in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device, will be honored, along with other veterans.

Greencastle resident Dave Reeder will serve as the master of ceremonies.

 "The Greencastle-Antrim July Fourth celebration is a time for the greater community, at large, to remember the roots of our country and to honor the service of all men and women who have fought for freedom for 235 years," celebration committee Chairwoman Bonnie Shockey said.

In commemoration of the 235th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, 13 members of the community — representing the 13 original colonies — will recite the historic document.

The group Wing and a Prayer will entertain the hundreds who typically attend the celebration.

Shockey said the event is for all ages.

 "It's a family event. We encourage children to come and participate in the festivities to learn about the history of July Fourth" she said. "It is part of their United States heritage, and it's very important that they learn at an early age about the sacrifice that men and women made to make it possible to live in a free country."

Shortly after opening ceremonies, children ages 3 to 12 will gather in the all-purpose building to make crafts. Then, at noon, Russ Clever will lead them in the annual Children's Parade.

 Following the parade, families are invited to enter the Most Patriotic Family Contest for a chance to win cash prizes.

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Fourth of July festivities in Franklin County on Monday include:

  • Chambersburg — Memorial Park (off Stouffer Avenue) fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
  • Greencastle — Tayamentasachta Environmental Center, 500 Leitersburg St., featuring live music, kids' activities and more from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Waynesboro — Summer Jubilee, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Most activities will be held across the street from Waynesboro Hospital at 501 E. Main St. Event kicks off at 8 a.m. Firecracker 5-kilometer run, parade down Main Street at 10:30 a.m., with activities scheduled after the parade, including children's games, exhibit, live entertainment. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
  • Shippensburg — Veterans Memorial Park (Park Place along U.S. 11) at 9 p.m.
  • East Waterford — Fourth of July Festival, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., featuring children's activities, horseshoe tournament, live music and a parade at the Tuscarora Valley Heritage Grounds, Main St. East Waterford.

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