Join us for a Celebration of Historic Proportions! Sunday July 12, 2015 In Centre Square and along the riverfront

EASTON HERITAGE DAY celebrates the historic reading of the Declaration of Independence that took place in the city’s “Great Square” on July 8th 1776.

Watch History come alive… stroll the streets with colonial reenactors, visit the Civil War encampment, watch historic pageants and peruse the wares of period crafters. View the city’s historic architecture aboard a horse-drawn carriage ride, tour centuries-old churches and experience Northampton County’s rich heritage at the Sigal Museum.


Noon at the Heritage
Stage "Reading of the Declaration of Independence to Commemorate the
July 8, 1776 Reading."


NEW this year!

NO TOKENS! The 2014 Heritage Day celebration will NOT require tokens! That's right! No more standing in long token lines. No more paying ambiguous amounts of money for food and fun. More time for YOU to enjoy the festival! Vendors will be accepting cash and (in some cases) credit/debit cards.

Art & Music…

Over 20 fine artists and crafters, antique car show (horseless carriages) and live music all day (and well into the night) on 3 special stages.

For the Kids…

Clowns, magic, pirates, pony rides, games, Kids Construction Zone and more. Also, a special "Be the Bugler" event!


Heritage Day 2014 will feature an expanded selection of excellent beers throughout the entire day and evening! Enjoy four different beers from Easton's own Weyerbacher Brewing Company, a selection of 'Ales of the Revolution'  from Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia as well as beer from America's Oldest Brewery, Yuengling! CHEERS!"

Food & Fireworks!

Enjoy plenty of amazing, local food and finish out the day’s festivities with an extra special fireworks display at 9:30pm on the riverfront.

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Ecumenical Church Service

9:30am: Joint community worship service at Riverside Park Amphitheater. Following there will be a time for fellowship and refreshment provided by St. John’s Lutheran Church and First UCC. In the event of inclement weather, the community worship service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 4th & Ferry Street.

Music & Entertainment

3:30pm: “Be the Bugler,” with bugler, Mayor Panto, and children, Heritage Stage

Music Stages:
Homespun Stage (4th & Northampton):
12:30pm-1:15pm: Dina Hall
1:30pm-2:15pm: Paulie Knakk
2:30pm-3:30pm: Juggernaut String Band

Star-Spangled Stage (200 block of Northampton):
12:30pm-1:15pm: Dan DeChellis Trio
1:30pm-2:15pm: Acoustic Kitty Project
2:30pm-3:30pm: Tower Suite and Friends

Scott Park Stage:
4pm-5pm: School of Rock
5:30pm-6pm: Roi & the Secret People
6:30pm-7:30pm: James Supra Blues Band
8pm-10pm: Zydeco-a-go-go (and encore after fireworks)

Watch History Come Alive

Events in Centre Square on the Heritage Stage:

11am  Town Criers: “Is Now the Time to Declare?”

12 noon:  March from Bachmann to Centre Square for the Reading of the Declaration of Independence

1pm:  Treaty of Easton Pageant

2pm:  Music of the Civil War and the Maritimes by The Jolly Tars

11am to 4pm: Visit with re-enactors  and the equipment used during these time periods:

  • Revolutionary War – Proctor’s Artillery
  • French & Indian War – New Jersey Frontier Guard
  • Civil War – PA 153rd
  • WWII – 1st Marine and 9th Division

4pm:  Heritage Day festivities move to riverfront

Arts, Food & Family

ALL DAY & NIGHT - Food and drinks from nearly two dozen local eateries!

11am- 4pm:  Classic car show (200 block of Northampton)

1pm – Artist Tour – Join Rick Smith on a tour of his exhibit, “Heart & Soil”

2:30pm – “There’s a Cow in My Backyard: The Koehler Family of Bethlehem Township” documentary and discussion with film maker, Paul Ricciardi

11am-4pm: Yards Brewery presents "Ales of the Revolution" along with selections from Weyerbacher, Stoudts, and Yuengling in the Beer Garden on the 200 block of Northampton.

11am-4pm:"Artists in the Alley" located on North Bank Street

11am-4pm: Kiddie Construction Zone! Sponsored by the City of Easton on South 3rd Street.

11am-3:30pm: Continuous fun for the kids on North 3rd Street in the Kids Area including:  Magic, clowns, balloon animals, pirates, trackless train, pony rides and more!  Then be sure to visit the Kid's Construction Zone on South 3rd Street!

Fireworks at 9:30pm!

Fireworks Photo

Around Town

1pm-4 pm:
Historic Easton Trolley Tour (free) – State Theatre (tour), Easton Area Public Library (view original Easton flag), Jacob Nicholas House, Cornerstone Church, George Taylor House will be open noon – 4pm, Parson Taylor House/St. John’s Lutheran Church, Trinity Episcopal Church

1pm-5 pm: Trolley Tour of College Hill, sponsored by the College Hill Neighborhood Association, leaves from Bachmann Publick House on the hour. Nominal fee charged.

10am – 4pm:  Sigal Museum
Programs:  “Heart & Soil”- The Farms and Farmers of Northampton County

1pm – Artist Tour – Join Rick Smith on a tour of his exhibit, “Heart & Soil”

2:30pm – “There’s a Cow in My Backyard: The Koehler Family of Bethlehem Township” documentary and discussion with film maker, Paul Ricciardi

11am – 4pm:  3rd Street Alliance open for tours -
The Herman Simon Mansion on Easton’s Millionaires’ Row is one of the finest “Gilded Age” mansions in the Lehigh Valley.  The first and second floor of the mansion have been kept, for the most part, in their original state and restoration work has begun on the third floor.  Come see how the mansion has fared while providing social services to Easton for the past 80 years; a labor of love when it was built and a labor of love as it now stands.

2pm: Richard Hope  presents
- A Tour of Millionaire’s Row

1pm – 4pm: Historic Easton Tour by Coach
(Free: Ride in air conditioned comfort sponsored by Easton Coach) Operates in a loop between  hop on or off at any of these locations: Bachmann Publick House, Trinity Episcipal Church, State Theatre, Easton Area Public Library, Jacob Nicholas House, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Parson Taylor House, Our Lady of Lebanon Church,Cornerstone Church.

1pm – 5pm: Coach Tour of Historic College Hill,
led by the College Hill Neighborhood Association, leaves from Bachmann Publick House on the hour. Nominal fee charged.

Historic Churches of Easton
(open for tour unless otherwise noted)

  • Cornerstone Church – 34 S. 2nd Street
  • First Presbyterian Church 333 Spring Garden, constructed 1873 (not open for tour)
  • First UCC Church – 229 Church Street – noon – 4pm refreshments, face painting
  • Our Lady of Lebanon Church – 54 S. 4th Street
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church -  330 Ferry St. includes tour of grave cellar
  • Trinity Episcopal – 234 Spring Garden Street – Concession stand

Period Crafters

Glassblower, Blacksmith, Lacemaker, Spinners & Weavers, Redware Potter, Gunsmith, Chair Caner, Toymaker, AND MORE!

11am-4pm: Period crafters within Centre Square

Patriot Parade

3:30pm: "Be the Bugler" with the Mayor and kids in Centre Square.

4:00pm: The Mayor, the kids, and the community, will join together to form the Patriot Parade for the traditional march down to the Riverfront!

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