Heritage Day in Easton, Pennsylvania, is a free, full-day family festival that showcases local history, offers activities for kids, and concludes with an amazing fireworks display over the Forks of the Delaware.

Heritage Day celebrates Easton’s historic significance in the founding of the United States. At noon on July 8, 1776, Easton was one of three places where the Declaration of Independence had its first public reading. It was read on the steps of the old courthouse in Easton’s historic Centre Square by the Chair of the Committee of Safety, Robert Levers. A reenactment of that event, and a festival organized around it, first occurred during the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976.  From that year on Heritage Day has been celebrated as Easton’s own Independence Day celebration.

The festival starts at 11:00 a.m. on and around Centre Square and continues till 4:30 p.m., at which time a parade will go from Centre Square to Larry Holmes Drive where the celebration will continue until the fireworks end at 10:30 p.m. Vendors accepting cash will provide food and drink choices throughout the festival.

Easton is accessible by Route 22 and Interstate 78.  If you are coming from the New Jersey, it is the first exit in Pennsylvania.  If you are coming from the west, it is the last exit in Pennsylvania. From the Philadelphia area take the Northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and take the Allentown Exit to Rt. 22 east.

Heritage Day has been declared by the City of Easton to be a Street Parking Meter HOLIDAY.  There will be no charge for street parking on Sunday, July 12, 2015.  Parking Decks downtown are available at usual rate.

Explore our web site to learn about the wonderful time that this event can provide for you and your family. Come back to our website after the festival to see the picture gallery for Heritage Day 2015 and start planning for Heritage Day 2016, to be held on Sunday, July 10, 2016.