Fireworks, Firecrackers, food and fun

By on June 29, 2016
The display over the Lincoln Heights Outdoor Recreation Area in Ephrata last year.

The display over the Lincoln Heights Outdoor Recreation Area in Ephrata last year.

Ephrata set to celebrate Monday

With Lititz and several other towns celebrating the Fourth this weekend, Ephrata looks like the place to be Monday, with a full day of fun and activities.

The day begins with the 39th running of the Firecracker Five-Mile race, starting at 8 a.m. from Tom Grater Park. Full details, including the official course so you can cheer on the runners Monday morning, are available in this week’s sports section on B1.

The annual Ephrata Church of the Brethren “Community Fun Night” will once again serve as a great prelude to the grand finale of the day (details on that event follow).

But once again, the Borough of Ephrata, Ephrata National Bank and many other local businesses have stepped up to keep a long community tradition alive.

There will indeed be a free fireworks display beginning at 9:30 p.m. Monday night at the Lincoln Heights Outdoor Recreation Area (behind Ephrata Middle/Intermediate school).

Other big sponsors include: Lester R. Summers, Inc., Weinhold, Nickel & Company, Douple Agency, Attorney E. Richard Young, Attorney A. Anthony Kilkuskie, Ephrata Church of the Brethren, Russell, Krafft, & Gruber, LLP, Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Ephrata Area School District, Ephrata Dairy Queen, Arthur Yeager Agency, Berlanco Insurance Agency, Richard Sensenig Company, J. D.’s Pazzo Pizza, Gardner & Stevens, Huyett & Associates, and Ephrata Recreation Center.

The rain date for the event is Tuesday July 5, also at 9:30.

Community fun night

A Community Fun Night will once again be held July 4 at Ephrata Church of the Brethren, adjacent to the Lincoln Heights area where the fireworks will go off at 9:30.

Beginning at 5 p.m., come out and enjoy an evening of fun for the whole family. Games start at 6 p.m. There will be live music from Forgiven, juggling demonstrations by the DKers, pony rides from 6-8 p.m., inflatables, a barrel train ride, a variety of delicious food, and ending with the Ephrata Fireworks display.

Parking is by donation and door prizes are at 9 p.m. and donated by local businesses (register at the Welcome Table)

Ephrata Church of the Brethren is located at 201 Crescent Avenue, Ephrata.

For more information visit

Firework donationsstill being accepted

For over 15 years, the Ephrata Recreation Center has managed this event that draws over 10,000 viewers from northern Lancaster County and beyond.

As a free community event, the fireworks show is dependent upon donations for its operation. Costs for this event exceed $16,000. The Rec is asking for community support from individuals and businesses to keep this a quality annual event.

Donations can be sent to the Ephrata Recreation Center Community Fireworks Show, 130 South Academy Drive, Ephrata PA, 17522.

Any questions can be directed to Jim Summers at 738-1167 ext. 107 or at

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