GLENSIDE AGAIN HOSTS ANNUAL JULY 4th MORN-INTO-NIGHT, 3-EVENT CELEBRATION
GLENSIDE, PA -- "A big city-styled patriotic celebration in a real Americana, small town setting" has proven to be an apt description of the yearly and stirring marking of America's birth each July 4th in Glenside, an unincorporated area shared by Abington and Cheltenham Townships in eastern Montgomery County, PA.
Next scheduled for Friday, July 4th, the three-tiered event features a grand starburst of patriotism, starting with a morning children's program in a local park, then a huge, colorful parade at 4 p.m. and finally an after-dark fireworks spectacular above Abington High School's athletic and playing fields. All are admission-free and sponsored by the non-profit Greater Glenside Patriotic Association (GGPA) and its volunteer membership.
Over recent years the community's action-filled July 4th observance has drawn record-breaking crowds while becoming the biggest, family friendly Independence Day Celebration in Greater Philadelphia's tri-state suburbs.
Highlighting the celebration will be the 111th Annual Grand, Glorious, Patriotic Parade, among America's oldest consecutively run July 4th marches. Starting in Abington at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 676, Jenkintown and Edge Hill Rds., the 1.5-mile parade route runs east along Jenkintown Rd., turns south onto Easton Rd. through the heart of the Glenside business district, and then moves east on Waverly Rd. for two blocks and its conclusion at Waverly and Keswick Ave. in Cheltenham.
Offering a variety of musical features, the parade is expected to include the Caesar Rodney Brass Marching Band, from Wilmington DE; the Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps, from north New Jersey; the Olde Barracks Fifes & Drums, of Trenton, NJ; the Marching Cobras from The Bronx, NY; The Rajah Shrine Band from Reading, PA; the Philadelphia Freedom Band; the Fralinger and Hegeman String Bands of Philadelphia Mummers' fame; Brian Boru Pipes and Drums, from King of Prussia, PA; the Timoney Irish Dancers, of Glenside; Corpoprales San Simon, a massive Bolivian-American dance troupe from Alexandria, VA; the Square Club Band, of Dresher, PA; the Cassidy Dancers, of Glenside; the Ulster Scottish Pipe Band, of Bucks County, PA; from Allentown, PA, the Grand Master Band Organ of Dennis Robinson; and more.
More than 1,000 shells will be launched in the celebration's "America the Beautiful Aerial Fireworks Spectacular," expected to start about 9 p.m. The firing line will be in the Abington Township Maintenance Yard on Florey Lane, east of Easton Rd.
The GGPA's holiday activities will begin at 10 a.m. with the "We Love America Children's Program" at Renninger Memorial Park, Keswick Ave. and Waverly Rd. in south Glenside, Cheltenham Township.
Tax deductible contributions to help fund the $55,000-plus celebration are accepted year-round for the Greater Glenside Patriotic Association by the Susquehanna Bank, P.O. Box 9009, Jenkintown, PA 19046.
GGPA meetings occur the second Tuesday of each month, excluding August and September, at 7:30 p.m., in the rear conference room of the Weldon Fire Co., Easton Rd. north of Keswick Ave. in Abington Township. Meetings are open to the public.
Rain date for Friday, July 4th, is Saturday, the 5th.