Catasauqua Press

Monday, July 22, 2019
Doug Burton plays games with Sarina Zimmerman, Jason Roca and Jackson Zimmerman during the July 4 reading of the Declaration of Independence at the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua. Doug Burton plays games with Sarina Zimmerman, Jason Roca and Jackson Zimmerman during the July 4 reading of the Declaration of Independence at the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua.
Band Master Kenneth Serfass leads the Antebellum Marine Band during the event. Band Master Kenneth Serfass leads the Antebellum Marine Band during the event.
Lehigh Valley County Militia re-enactors Gary Weaver, Jason Kern, Melissa Taylor, Alivia Kopac, Robert Martin, Christine Roca, Jason Roca, Elena Roca and Larry Burger add a sense of authenticity to the event. Lehigh Valley County Militia re-enactors Gary Weaver, Jason Kern, Melissa Taylor, Alivia Kopac, Robert Martin, Christine Roca, Jason Roca, Elena Roca and Larry Burger add a sense of authenticity to the event.
Press photos by Paul CmilFeatured speaker the Rev. Joshua Knappenberger takes a moment for a photo with Weaver. Press photos by Paul CmilFeatured speaker the Rev. Joshua Knappenberger takes a moment for a photo with Weaver.
Scout Master David Hunsicker, Hazeng Abudurra, Ali Hunsicker, Zain Martin, Calvin Bratkobics and Stephanie Fisher from Boy Scout Troop 786 are ready for the reading of the Declaration of Independence July 4 at the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua. Scout Master David Hunsicker, Hazeng Abudurra, Ali Hunsicker, Zain Martin, Calvin Bratkobics and Stephanie Fisher from Boy Scout Troop 786 are ready for the reading of the Declaration of Independence July 4 at the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua.
Attendees at the event are treated to a tour of the George Taylor House after the reading. Attendees at the event are treated to a tour of the George Taylor House after the reading.

Fourth of July celebrated in Catasauqua

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by Paul Cmil Special to The Press in Local News

Catasauqua Borough opened the Fourth of July celebration with its traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence at the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets. This marked the 10th year for the reading.

This year’s reader was the Rev. Joshua Knappenberger, director of the Liberty Bell Museum, Zion’s Church, 622 W. Hamilton St., Allentown, and guardian of one of the area’s most precious historical assets.

The historical re-enactors lent a sense of authenticity to the program.

Band Master Kenneth Serfass led the Antebellum Marine Band in playing tunes for the event. The Antebellum Marine Band is comprised of working adult musicians and select high school-age musicians from the Lehigh Valley and Southern California.

Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 provided the honor guard and ceremonial detail for the event.

Mon & Mel’s Sweet Scoops provided ice cream treats.

Brenda Wieder, George Taylor House curator, organized the event.

After the event, guests lined up to take tours of the George Taylor House, one of the few remaining residences of a signer of the Declaration of the Independence in the country.