The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 16, 2014

4th takes shape

Theme focuses on area’s Gold Star Families

— LEWISBURG — Just six weeks from today, the 20th Union County Veterans’ 4th of July parade ushers in the annual patriotic celebration in Lewisburg.

“Don’t remind me!” Committee President Kevin Bittenbender said jokingly. But things are coming together well, the first-time parade leader said, and a schedule of events and special features now is in place.

Among things to look forward to:

Grab a lawn chair and head to Wolfe Field for the celebration kickoff, June 27, with a concert and fireworks extravaganza, courtesy of RiverWoods.

 Train rides, so popular last year, are back, courtesy of North Shore Railroad. The short excursion between Winfield and Lewisburg is free but requires a ticket. Visit the parade website for instructions on getting tickets. A special appearance is set for the Phoebe Snow, a dignitary-type passenger railcar that will be on display.

Band concerts are lined up for The President’s Grove at Bucknell University following the parade. They include the Fralinger String Band from Philadelphia, Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps from Hawthorne, N.J., and Reilly Raiders Sr. Drum & Bugle Corps from Audubon. Freedom Bike Ride is set for another long-distance venture, this time starting at Fort Indiantown Gap June 23. Open to all riders veterans and non-military but limited to about 20 riders maximum. Riders may choose to go the entire route or just one leg. The ride concludes in Lewisburg to lead in the annual parade.

This year’s theme is a tribute to Gold Star Families, those members of the immediate family of a fallen service member whom the Defense Department recognizes. A PayPal feature will be available on the official website in the next three days for those wishing to make donations to the celebration, Bittenbender said. For this and more information plus updates leading to the big event, visit

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