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Easton celebrates annual Heritage Day July 13

Revolutionary War history will come to life when downtown Easton celebrates its 31st annual Heritage Day Sunday, July 13.

Heritage Day began in Easton in 1976 as part of the nation’s Bicentennial Celebration. It commemorates one of the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence, which took place July 8, 1776, in what is now Centre Square. These first public readings constituted America’s first celebrations of the Fourth of July.

The reading will be reenacted by Robert Davis at noon on the steps of the Bachmann Publick House, complete with a town crier, cannons, colonial dress, and games. At 2 p.m. a pageant in Centre Square with both adult and children re-enactors will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the 1758 Treaty of Easton. At 3:30 p.m., a mock colonial trial will determine the guilt or innocence of an accused horse thief in the Bachmann Publick House.

Other events during the day include historic walking and trolley tours, live music, and children’s entertainment. At 6:30, the festivities move down to Larry Holmes Drive in preparation for the fireworks display at 9:30 p.m., sponsored by Easton Hospital that will culminate the day.

Heritage Day events are sponsored by Crayola, TRACC, Lou Ferrone, the Express Times, and McDonald’s.

Schedule of events for Heritage Day 2008:

9:30 a.m. – Inter-Faith Church Service, First United Church of Christ – 27 North Third Street
10:30 a.m. – Fellowship Service, followed by precession to Centre Square for Reading
11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Historic Tours of Easton
Noon – Reading of the Declaration of Independence
2 p.m. – Treaty of Easton Pageant
3:30 p.m. – Mock Trial, Bachmann Publick House
9:30 p.m. – Fireworks Display
Entertainment Schedule:

North Third Street Stage:

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Main Street Cruisers
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Sarah Ayers
1st Block – Northampton Street Stage

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Billy Bauer Band
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Joyous
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Trophy Husbands
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Truth & Soul
2nd Block – Northampton Street Stage

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Michael Sherer Sings Sinatra
3 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Bare Essentials
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Erich Cawalla & Jennifer Kinder
Larry Holmes Drive Stage

7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Lucky 7
Children’s Stage Area – 300 block of Northampton Street

1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Air Calliope
2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Balloons the Clown
3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: George Reiger
4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: Red Dragon Karate School
5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Tom Yurasits
6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.: Pure Country Dancers

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