Lebanon’s July 4th Celebration is one of our local traditions that began in 1948 and is now in its 70th year. This tradition has been kept alive by the dedication and hard work of the all the past and current members of the Lebanon 4th of July Celebration Committee, the many volunteers on the day of the parade, the support of local businesses,  and all of the generous donations given by residents and visitors alike.

The celebration starts for many residents’ months before, as they make plans for decorating their houses and yards.  Early on the morning of July 4th, sirens blare as the Lebanon Fire Company drives around waking up the town.  The house-judging team begins reviewing all of the decorated houses to decide which houses will win this year’s awards. Every decorated house gets a July 4th Pennant.

It’s not long before visitors start streaming into town picking their viewing spots along the parade route.  The town is full of activity.  Parents and children are registering and lining up for the Children’s Parade, Antique Cars are lining up on Lynwood Dr.,  and the participants in the main parade are lining up on the east side of town on Main Street.  Meanwhile, committee members and volunteers are in Holjes-Sheppard Park setting up for the picnic immediately following the parade.

The Children’s Parade, consisting of costumes, floats, decorated wagons, baby buggies and bicycles, starts at 9:30 as they head up from Sutton Place to the Fox and Hound and back.  Just before 10:00 am we have the introduction of the Grand Marshall and presentations of student safety patrols from the Lebanon Borough School.  The Main Parade kicks off at 10:00am.  After the parade, there are festivities in the park: music, refreshments and games for old and young alike.

I have heard dozens of stories from many residents who have fond memories going back to the earliest July 4th celebrations.  We have grandparents who remember seeing the parade as children now creating new memories for their own children and grandchildren.

It’s a wonderful day to celebrate America with family and friends.

We hope to see you there!

Sam Berger, Co-Chair

Lebanon July 4th Celebration Committee

 

www.lebanonboro4thofjulyparade.com

PS:    If anyone is interested in volunteering please contact me at sberger@lebanonboro.com or come to our next meeting, April 26th, 7:30 pm at the Municipal Building.  These meetings are the last Wednesday of each month through June.  You can visit our web site for registrations, donations or more information.