“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
As many of us worry about our freedoms and our government, perhaps this weekend is the time to enjoy our unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. So, what would engender happiness this weekend for you?
Tonight, Friday July 1, there are a couple options for fun. If you’d like to stay in, and you’ve been keeping up with Stranger Things, the final two episodes of Season 4 debut today. Plan your time accordingly, as those two episodes are a combined runtime of just under 4 hours. Producers say there will be a Season 5, that won’t debut until 2024, and it will be the final season.
If you want to go out, there are bands and musicians playing at various locations around Bucks. Gerry Timlin, a native of Northern Ireland, calls PA home. He is playing tonight at Dubliner on the Delaware at 7 p.m. Singer/songwriter Bill Monach is playing tonight at Bucks County Brewery from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. His music ranges from acoustic to rock n’ roll.
Saturday, July 2 promises many activities to choose from, whether 4th related or not. Rose Bank Winery is hosting Summer Music and Food Extravaganza from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. featuring music from Bill Thomas and Local Harvest Pizza food truck. Or, you could head out to Shady Brook Farm for their Summer unWined Concerts. This Saturday is a special event with fireworks, and the band is 80s Revolution, an 80s dance party band. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 online or $24 at the gate. No outside food or beverage, but there will be plenty on site.
Sunday, July 3: The weather looks to be hot and steamy all weekend, with high temps reaching into the 90s. For me, that means find a body of water … and get into it. If you don’t own a watercraft, you can rent them from Driftwood Water Adventures at Tyler State Park or Falls Township Park. You could also go tubing on the Delaware River. Tubing often takes more planning than you expect, but you could make it easier by using Bucks County River Tubing. Plan your water outing for Sunday or Monday, as the biggest chance of storms is on Saturday.
If you make it to Falls Township Park on Sunday, Men of Harmony, an all male chorus, will be singing at the Phase 1 Pavilion (near the soccer fields) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday, July 4: To really understand more about the history and importance of Independence Day, reaching back in time to 1776 could be useful. Washington Crossing Historic Park is having a living history day on the 4th. From noon to 4 p.m., historians will be demonstrating the crafts of the era and what it was like to be alive in 1776. Of note, there will be live readings of the declaration of independence at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Adults are $8 and children are $4, or you can purchase a family ticket for $20. You can purchase your tickets online here.
For more Fouth of July festivities and a listing of fireworks displays throughout the county, check out this article from Patch.com.