Lawncrest celebrates 4th of July with parade, festivities

The 98th an­nu­al Lawn­crest 4th of Ju­ly cel­eb­ra­tion is set for Thursday.

The theme will be Rid­ing In­to the Fu­ture.

The fest­iv­it­ies will be­gin at 9 a.m. with a parade along Rising Sun Av­en­ue, from Mar­tins Mill Road to the Lawn­crest Re­cre­ation Cen­ter at Comly Street.

The parade grand mar­shals will be long­time neigh­bor­hood act­iv­ists Marge Si­mon, Art Kramer, Peggy Kramer and Phil Grutzmach­er.

The re­cre­ation cen­ter will host all the day’s activ­it­ies, start­ing with an Amer­ic­an flag-rais­ing ce­re­mony.

One of the day’s high­lights will be a dunk tank, which opens at 11 a.m. The cost is three balls for $1, with pro­ceeds go­ing to the fire­works at dusk.

Among those who have vo­lun­teered to be dunked are Di­anne Murphy, com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer in the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict; Ron Pleis, scout­mas­ter for St. Wil­li­am Boy Scout Troop 563; Lawn­crest Com­munity As­so­ci­ation pres­id­ent Bill Dol­bow; Debra Mikus, a lib­rar­i­an at Lawn­crest Lib­rary; the Rev. Randy Brubaker, pas­tor of Cres­centville United Meth­od­ist Church; Bri­an An­drews and J.J. Pos­piech, lead­ers at Lawn­crest Re­cre­ation Cen­ter; Manny Cit­ron, of the city man­aging dir­ect­or’s of­fice; Cor­rie Brown, a coach with the Lawn­crest Lions; and em­ploy­ees of the Shop-Rite at Ox­ford Av­en­ue and Levick Street, mem­bers of At­tack Mode Box­ing Club and fire­fight­ers at En­gine 64.

Oth­er high­lights in­clude a flea mar­ket, car show, chil­dren’s rides, live bands, ma­gic show, bingo, drill teams, a paint­ball tent and a food court.

The rain date will be Sat­urday, Ju­ly 6.

Any­one who wants to re­gister a clas­sic car can con­tact Paul at Uni­ver­sal Mo­tor Sports at 215-205-2129.

Any­one who wants to be a vendor at the flea mar­ket can call Steve Lands­man at 267-467-0034.

Dona­tions can be sent to Lawn­crest 4th of Ju­ly Com­mit­tee, P.O. Box 24656, Phil­adelphia, PA 19111.

For more in­form­a­tion, call Steve Cartledge at 215-651-8470 or Jean Pleis at 215-728-0206, or email lawn­crestju­ly4th@hot­ ••

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