July 4 Picnic at Valley Forge, Longwood Gardens Fireworks, Fountains and More To Do Near Ashbridge

July 4 Picnic at Valley Forge, Longwood Gardens Fireworks, Fountains and More To Do Near Ashbridge

Looking for ways to celebrate the Fourth of July this year near Ashbridge? We’ve got you covered!

Longwood Gardens Fireworks and Fountains

Before the actual holiday, be sure to stop by our favorite Chester County destination, Longwood Gardens, July 3 at 9:15 p.m. for a “Fireworks and Fountains” display said to be truly memorable. Of course, if you can’t make it July 3, be sure to check out the summer season’s fountain performances. Learn more about Longwood Garden Illuminated Fountain Performances.

Independence Day Celebration at Historic Waynesborough

Also on Sunday, July 3 from noon to 3 p.m., PhilaLandmarks and Historic Waynesborough invite the community for a free Independence Day celebration at the Historic Waynesborough for a catered picnic, serving BBQ foods and more.

Lawn games, house tours and the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution will present their Color Guard with their collection of historic flags beginning at 1 p.m. Learn more about July 3 at Waynesborough.

July 4th Community Picnic In The Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park will celebrate July 4, 2022 with a Community Picnic In the Park. Featuring a wide variety of games, crafts and activities, including Dress up like a colonial, make your own tricorn hat and more, the event is jammed packed with things to do. Here is the full schedule:

Games, Crafts and Activities

Visitor Center Lawn | 11:00 – 3:00

SO much to do!  Dress-up like a colonial, make your own tricorn hat, win a prize at the Healthy Park’s Duck Pond, make your own fingerprint flag, crack the Liberty Bell, dunk the tax collector, sign your name to the Declaration of Independence, and so much more!  All activities are free!

Black Powder Demonstration

Muhlenberg Brigade Huts | 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30

After you’ve visited with the “soldiers” at the Muhlenberg Huts, witness black powder demonstrations!

Readings of the Declaration of Independence

Visitor Center Lawn | 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30

Join Benjamin Franklin as he recites the Declaration of Independence and sign your “John Hancock” to the bottom of our copy.

Join the Continental Army

Mini Parade  | 11:45, 12:45 and 1:45

Kids can “enlist” in the Continental Army and learn to march and drill like a Continental Soldier.

Ranger-led Walks

10:50 and 2:50

Join a Valley Forge National Park Service Ranger for a short walk up to the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts. Witness soldier life demonstrations and have the opportunity to ask the “soldiers” about life at Valley Forge during the 1777-1778 winter encampment.

Trolley Tours

Visitor Center | 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00

90-minute guided tour makes extended stops at the Muhlenberg Brigade huts and Washington’s Headquarters. Buy your tickets inside the Visitor Center.

Storytelling Benches

Ongoing stories from 11:00 – 4:00

Listen as Once Upon A Nation storytellers share riveting stories of the Valley Forge encampment and how it became a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Benches are located on the Train Station platform at Washington’s Headquarters, in front of the Visitor Center, and near the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts.

American Treasure Tour

Meeting Room | 11:00 – 3:00

Discover sights and sounds from America’s past!  The American Treasure Tour, located in Oaks, PA, showcases pieces from one of the largest collections of Americana in the United States.