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We’re currently calling on anyone who has photos of Sunday’s Easton Heritage Day festivities to submit them to us. We’ll pick the best ones, and we’ll share them here on LVU, with full credit given to the photographer.
Sunday was the perfect day to spend time with family and friends and take in the sights and sounds occurring around Centre Sq. in Easton, PA. Having been a native of the area for 20+ years, I must admit that I never have attended this event, but am thankful that I did.
Easton’s 40th Annual Heritage Day is in the books! Thousands of Valley residents came out on Saturday to hear great music from a variety of local artists, enjoy a taste of history with the re-enactment of the reading of the Declaration of Indpendence at Centre Square, and have some all-around summer fun.
As promised, we stuck around into the night and caught many more great musical performances before the evening was through. These included the Bank Street Band from Easton’s School of Rock, who performed a selection of stirring American standards and contemporary songs during the festival’s fireworks display.
Enjoy the photos below! Kudos to all those who put on a successful event, and thanks for having LVU out to capture it all!
Brian Dean Moore Band (Country rock)
Dana Gaynor Band (Blues)
School of Rock Easton (Rock/Alternative)
The past few hours have been a wild time, as I’ve raced from one side of Easton’s Centre Square to the other to capture all of the great music happening downtown (with the occasional refreshment or restroom break in between).
I’ve come a long way, and by no means am I finished yet. Heritage Day is in the process of proceeding down to the riverfront for tonight’s shows and fireworks. Of course, you can be sure that I’ll be sticking around until things are finished going boom.
In the meantime, here’s what’s captured of the great performers I’ve seen so far, in order of appearance. I’ll be back with more after the conclusion of Heritage Day.
Dan DeChellis Trio (Jazz)
Swing Time Dolls (Vintage 1940s Pop)
Copper Fields (Acoustic Rock/Bluegrass)
The Jolly Tars (Traditional Irish Folk)
Roi & the Secret People (Rock)
The 40th Anniversary of Easton Heritage Day kicked off on Sunday with a re-enactment of the reading of the Declaration of Independence in Easton. Re-enactors suited up in Colonial garb to honor this important moment in American history, and were joined by hundreds of Eastonians in this celebration of city and national pride.
Photo credit: HeritageDay.org
I’m going to be in Easton all day, and you’re coming with me!
We’ll be capturing the essence of Easton Heritage Day 2016 here and on social media, and we don’t want you to miss a thing! So, check in with the site every so often throughout the day, and stay tuned to LVU on Facebook (live video, perhaps?), Twitter, and Instagram for updates, performances, and more.
And, if you happen to see a particularly buff gentleman walking around in a Quinn Spinn t-shirt with a camera, feel free to say hi!
Since 1976, Easton has celebrated its lasting legacy with Heritage Day, a festival originally held to commemorate the reading of the Declaration of Independence in the city. On Sunday, Easton will celebrate the event’s 40th Anniversary.
A key highlight will take place at noon, when re-enactors will take to the steps of the Centre Square courthouse to read the Declaration of Independence once more. Easton was one of three cities – the others being Philadelphia and Trenton, NJ – where our nation’s founding document was read aloud in Colonial times.
“(Heritage Day) is a great time, and the history is very important to the festival,” said board member Dustin Schoof. “It’s a day of history, music, and it’s a nice cross-section of different things happening.”
In addition to period-appropriate re-enactors and crafters, Heritage Day will feature plenty of modern touches. These include live music from Easton natives Roi & the Secret People, Dan DeChellis, and students from the Easton School of Rock, as well as popular area performers like Dana Gaynor Band, Brian Dean Moore Band, Copperfields, Joyous, and more.
“We have four stages of music starting in the morning, going all the way up until the fireworks and a little bit afterward,” Schoof said. “There isn’t a whole lot of time when there isn’t going to be music, which is always a good thing.”
This year’s music lineup has been spearheaded by Carter Lansing, a well-known Easton musician and native.
“Carter is a man of many talents,” Schoof said. “The last two years, he has spearheaded the music. He’s really stepped up to the plate and done a terrific job.”
Heritage Day kicks off at 9:45 a.m. with a combined church service presented by Easton’s Historic Downtown Churches at Riverside Park. The festival itself begins at 11 a.m. on the Heritage Stage at Centre Square, with a re-enactment of town criers arguing independence.
Throughout the day, Heritage Day patrons can enjoy a sampling of food trucks, beer, and children’s activities. The festivities will continue into the evening, with fireworks scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on Larry Holmes Drive. Live music will continue until the festival’s conclusion at 10:30 p.m.
“We’re excited – it’s a lot of work to put this on, but at the end of the day, everyone’s excited and glad to be a part of it,” Schoof said. “We’re really glad to be doing it for 40 years. We hope to do it for 40 more.”
For more information and a full schedule of Easton Heritage Day events, visit HeritageDay.org.
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