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Top Lehigh Valley events include Allentown and Bethlehem fireworks, Kutztown Folk Fest

July 4, 2014

By Ryan Kneller, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)


1 Allentown's free Fourth of July street festival, featuring food, live music, face painting, sky divers, kids rides, beer garden and more will be held 4-10 p.m. Friday on Linden Street (Parkway Boulevard) between J. Birney Crum Stadium and Cedar Beach. Fireworks cap off the day at 9 p.m.

In Bethlehem, a free Independence Day celebration will be held Friday and Saturday at SteelStacks. Friday's highlights include a sprinkler party and arts and crafts (12:30-2 p.m.), Sing for America (3 p.m.) and an Allentown Band concert (7:30 p.m.). Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. from Sand Island.


2 Take in Pennsylvania Dutch culture -- from music to food to crafts -- during the second and final weekend of the 65th annual Kutztown Folk Festival at the Kutztown Fairgrounds. The event has more than 200 craftspeople, historical re-enactments, music and dance, children's activities, sale of thousands of handmade quilts and Pennsylvania Dutch foods. Today's highlights include a Fourth of July parade and ceremony (11 a.m.). Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $14; $13, seniors; $5, ages 13-17; free, 12 and under. Info:

3 Join the Red White & Zoo celebration and participate in the Zoolympics this weekend at the Lehigh Valley Zoo.

Friday's celebration includes animal enrichment programs and talks and walks. Zoolympics on Saturday is an interactive scavenger hunt in which you can win prizes such as tickets to the zoo by performing tasks such as dressing up like an otter or jumping like a kangaroo.

Both events are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The zoo is at 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville; the new Schlicher's Covered Bridge is now open.

Admission: $12; $11, seniors; $10, ages 2-11. Info: 610-799-4171 or


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