Annual 4th of July Parade
2021 4th of July Parade on July 5th
The Feasterville Business Association’s 2021 college scholarship winners, all graduates of Neshaminy High School proudly display their $1,000 awards which were presented at the Lower Southampton Township Independence Day Parade breakfast held at the Suburban Diner in Feasterville, PA. Sharing a proud moment are winners Patrick Handley (fourth from left) and Arabella and Grace Thomson (fifth and fourth from right). Handley is going off to St. Joseph’s University to major in history and secondary education, while the twins are off to Bloomsburg University to study nursing. Also sharing in the presentation are (from left) Mike Lesher and Don Rubin, FBA members, Ray Weldie, chairman of the Lower Southampton Township Supervisors, Linda Pupkiewicz, FBA scholarship committee chairperson, Fran Mishinkash, president of the business association and Ed Shannon, Independence Day Parade chairman and a Lower Southampton Township supervisor. Now is it its 72nd anniversary year, the mission of the FBA is to encourage growth and progress for the betterment of the community.
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Calendar of Events
July and August are exec meetings so no general meeting. We haven’t decided on date or place yet.
- Scholarship Recipients: 3 winners; Patrick Handley going to St. Joe’s for education, Bella Thomson going to Bloomsburg for nursing, Grace Thomson also going to Bloomsburg for nursing
- Save the Dates
- Food Truck Rally at Playwicki Farm 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10, 10/8
- 7/5/21: Lower Southampton 4th of July Parade
- July 2021: Executive Meeting (TBD)
- August 2021: Executive Meeting (TBD)
- 9/1/21: General Meeting; Guest Speaker Kathy Rue and Gee Stewart from YWCA presented by Trevor Markowitz of Wit or Witout
- October 2021: NO MEETING
- 10/8/21: Annual Frolic at Philmont celebrating Person of the Year Linda Pupkiewicz
- 11/3/21: General Meeting; elections for 2022; Guest Speaker Bucks County Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia presented by Ray Greenberg of Financial Expertise and Ed MacConnell of Total Benefit Solutions
- December 2021: Project Blue Light/Social Gathering (TBD)
- Presenter for June Ron Hyman of Insurance Shops
- Ron Hyman from Insurance Shops right here on Bustleton Ave in Feasterville presents our guest speakers this month. Insurance Shops www.Insshops.com is dedicated to their clients and all their different insurance needs. Their mission is simple-provide innovative solutions for both individuals and commercial organizations. They offer business owners coverage policies for general liability, workers comp, cyber, liability, commercial auto and business owners policies, and special events coverage.
- Guest Speaker for June Lt Mike Pennington and Sgt Chris Koehnlein of the Lower Southampton Police Department:
- Lt. Pennington has been a police officer with the Lower Southampton Twp. P.D. since 1986 and has held the rank of Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant. He was assigned to the detective division for two years. In addition to being an Accident Reconstructionist he is one of the team Commanders for the Bucks County Major Incident Response Team.
- Sgt. Koehnlein has been a police officer with the Lower Southampton Twp. P.D. since 1995. He has risen through the ranks from Corporal to Sergeant. Like Lt Pennington Sgt Koehnlein is also an Accident Reconstructionist, he also is a member of the South Central SWAT team and one of the police department’s A.L.I.C.E. instructor.
- A.L.I.C.E. Training helps people, business owners, religious leaders etc. develop a plan to respond to an active threat of an armed subject in the work place, school, place of worship or on any other venue. The main goal of the training is to instill in the attendees the importance of developing a plan in the event that the worst case scenario happens.
“REMEMBER WHY IT’S 4TH OF JULY” WAS THE THEME OF THE LOWER SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2019
“Remember Why It’s 4th of July” was the theme of the Lower Southampton Township Independence Day Parade held in Feasterville, PA on Wednesday, July 4th, 2019. The public was invited free of charge. The Feasterville Business Association was the lead sponsor of the event.
According to Bob DiBenedetto and Ed Shannon, both of Feasterville, PA, event chairpersons, “The year’s parade and patriotic salute to America included an appearance by the world champion Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band, as well as performances by two Mummers string bands—South Philadelphia and Uptown. Also performing was popular country and western entertainer Jody King, the Boogie Dogs Band and the Jazz Vespers Dixieland Band.
In addition, there was entertainment by the Andalusia Jug Band, Tri-County Band, DJB Jug Band and the St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band. Local and visiting fire departments, antique and classic cars along with an array of colorful floats including the Lower Southampton Veterans Advisory and Wings of Freedom floats also was a part of the pageantry, color and excitement. Federal, state, county and local government representatives also were parading. The Lower Southampton Police Department honor guard displayed and carried America’s colors in the parade.
Additionally marching was representatives from Action Karate and Leaps-N-Bounders , as well as a host of area groups and organizations. Included are boys and girls teams from the Lower Southampton Athletic Association, the Neshaminy High School Cheerleaders, cub and boy scout units, Lulu Shriners and Lower Southampton Veterans Advisory Board. The Feasterville Business Association was represented with its beautiful Belgium horse drawn wagon and their two annual college scholarship winners. “We are always looking for more groups and organizations who wish to march in the parade,” note DiBenedetto and Shannon.
Two of the major highlights of this year’s fun and festivities was the baby and bicycle competitions.There was special prizes for the best and most colorful floats.
This year’s parade book cover was designed by Collene Wawrdyniak, a seventh grader at the St. Katharine Drexel Regional Catholic School. For winning this year’s cover design contest, she will received a $100 prize from the July 4th Parade Committee. Runners up were Gianni Ramirez, a seventh grader at Poquessing Middle School and Jackson Becker, a second grader at Ferderbar Elementary School. Both were awarded $50 prizes for their designs from the parade committee.
“We also invited area business owners and private individuals to become sponsors for the parade,” relates DiBenedetto and Shannon. Everyone who participated with a sponsorship of $100 or more received a certificate of appreciation plus a prominent identification in the official parade book which was given to all spectators. Larger sponsorship opportunities also were available to area businesses. “Without the generosity and support from our wonderful sponsors we would not be able to stage this exciting and entertaining parade and celebration for everyone to enjoy,” comment DiBenedetto and Shannon.
The Lower Southampton July 4th Parade will began at Second Street and Bustleton Pike in Feasterville and moved north on Route 213 Bridgetown Pike to the Lower Southampton Intermediate School and the Lower Southampton Township grounds.
For additional information about sponsorship opportunities, parade book advertising, event participation or volunteering, for 2020- contact Connie Perry at Lower Southampton Township at 215-357-7300, extension 301.