Harrisburg & West Shore to Celebrate Independence Weekend

Start a family tradition and create lasting memories at this celebration for the Capital Region

June 17, 2024

The Fourth of July is not just about family fun and fireworks but pride in our nation and celebration of our history! When you bring all those components together, you have all the ingredients for the ultimate Independence Day family celebration!  This year in Harrisburg, keep the fun rolling all weekend. As a Capital Area or Cumberland Valley family, you can celebrate America and give your kids a chance to meet living history.

Independence Weekend Holiday Celebration
Dauphin County Heroes Grove at Brightbill Park
5000 Commons Drive, Harrisburg PA 17112

10:00-10:30 - Ceremony and salute
10:30-2:00 Festivities and Food

 More information available here

Start a family tradition and create lasting memories at this celebration for the Capital Region

On Saturday, July 6th, families can enjoy the 3rd Annual Independence Weekend Family Celebration at Lower Paxton’s Brightbill Park, just behind Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabrics and Dick’s Sporting Goods in Colonial Park. 10:00 A.M. kicks off a brief half hour ceremony with live music and a Salute to the Flags to honor America and those that have served us in the military, emergency responders and community volunteers. Kids, parents and grandparents will love sharing this patriotic celebration and feel pride celebrating our community with friends and neighbors. Wear your red, white and blue!

A dozen community organizations will host free midway carnival games, where kids can compete against each other and against adults. With traditional games like ring toss, plinko, bean bag throw and a duck pond for the toddlers, they can collect tickets and swap them for free prizes.

Kids of all ages will enjoy making their own souvenirs in the free arts and crafts Kids Zone and burn off some energy in the activities area. Pam Jones, Event Chair says, “my grandkids love arts and crafts, it's a chance to sit and relax a bit amidst all the festivities.”
Feeling hungry? There is a variety of food trucks for hamburgers, sausages, BBQ, and desserts. And we didn’t forget the healthy options. Grab a spot at the community tables and enjoy chatting with other families.

Then, let your kids discover living history: veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, The Cold War, Iraq and Afghanistan at the Meet-a-Vet area are ready to share family friendly stories from days-gone-by. What a gift to experience talking with these heroes and learn what it was like when they were barely out of school themselves. Imagine, in 50 years, your kids telling their kids that they meet these men and women. It’s like someone today talking about meeting heroes from the 1800s. 

Have you heard the buzz about those "tiny-homes" for homeless vets along the river? Check out a model home, and hear how this local charity is helping veterans get back on their feet. Experience the joy and pride in giving and in supporting those who once so bravely fought for our country. 

Macaroni KID Harrisburg and West Shore and the Lower Paxton Foundation will see you there as you start a new family tradition, celebrate our community, our nation, and create lasting family memories on Saturday, July 6th at Independence Weekend Family Celebration.

Have you been to the Christkindlmarkt in Linglestown? The same folks host that outdoor German Christmas market the 2nd Saturday in December. More than 120 handcrafted
exhibitors, 3 stages of live music and dance, German and traditional festival foods, and a huge Kinderworld. Mark your calendars for December 14, 2024 and get more details at: Hope to see you at both these fun family events!

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