The Brockway Old Fashioned Fourth of July touts itself as a family oriented festival. For anyone familiar with this tiny town knows that there could be no other way. Nestled in the stunning Pennsylvania Wilds, this festival is equal parts community gathering and patriotic celebration. Through the day free trolleys whisks patrons to all the fun-filled spots which is good. With a half dozen contests, tons of games and activities, great food, and an even better fireworks show, better believe the trolleys will be working overtime!
Through the one-day festival, registrants can enter numerous contests such as the Fire Cracker 10K race, Star Spangled bicycle race, the basketball tournament, and the fishing tournament held at the Parkside Pond. At the little league fields are fun games for the kids. Don’t miss the face painting and balloon art. In the afternoon, be sure to catch children’s story hour. For gear heads, the car show is a must. Live entertainment includes chemistry shows, skateboarding shows, magician shows, comedy shows, and live music from the region. The American Legion and local Thespians host readings of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, followed by invocative speakers, and a rousing chorus of “My Country Tis of Thee”.
At Old Fashioned Fourth there is a moderately sized craft show which has all the essential wares on sale. As if crafts aren’t enough, there is also an impressive quilt show, and the Mingle Library hosts a used book sale while raffles and prize drawings are pulled throughout the day. Impressive arrays of local clubs are on hand to serve food concessions during the festival. Favorites include the hotdog and hamburger cookout, chicken barbeque, perogies, haluski, blooming onions, and hand-dipped ice cream. Don’t miss the famous fresh donuts served all day by the Brockway Volunteer Fire Department. Before the big fireworks show the local brass band plays a processional of patriotic tunes. Then after the show the band picks it right back up and plays the festival out in true celebratory fashion
Admission is free and parking is limited.