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4th of July celebration returns to Fonthill Castle


Fonthill Castle’s annual Fourth of July daytime community event returns to the beautiful grounds of this National Historic Landmark site from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 4.

The family-friendly event takes place on the one-of-a-kind, outdoor grounds of Fonthill Castle, 525 E. Court St., in the heart of Doylestown, where guests can enjoy a day of fun, food, games, crafts, entertainment, and live music.

Highlights of the day include the children’s decorated bike parade, wheelbarrow and sack races, live musicians, and food trucks. Antique bicycles, historic town ball (a precursor to baseball), and other fun activities make this a day to remember.

Children kick off the event by participating in the event’s beloved Decorated Bicycle Parade at 12:30 p.m., where all participating children receive cheers from the crowd and a special certificate after pedaling down the historic site’s famed tree-lined driveway on their predecorated bicycles.

Event attendees can enjoy music for all ages by the Ring the Rafters Quartet, The Delaware Valley Saxophone Quartet, and popular family performer Lolly Hopwood. The PA Wheelmen will be on hand for their annual Antique Bike Demonstration, and musician Darcy Fair will engage families with Revolutionary tunes and tales with harp accompaniment.

Guests have the opportunity to purchase food from a variety of vendors on-site, including Big Poppa’s BBQ, Bonjour Creperie, Dough and Co., and KC’s Funnel Cakes.

Tickets to Fonthill Castle’s 4th of July are $5 for adults, $1 for youth (ages 6-17), and free for children 5 and under.

Tickets are available online now at, and will be available at the door for cash only.

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