The first stanza of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem “Concord Hymn” gave us the immortal phrase “the shot heard round the world.” In 1775, who could have known what that shot would mean to the history of the world?
“By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.”
The birth of what would become the United States of America occurred April 19, 1775, at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Here are a few examples of what really happened.
The reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place 10 a.m., followed by an Honor Guard salute from American Legion Post 215, at the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets.
Hunkajunk will perform July 4 at the amphitheater at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St.
The Large Flowerheads will be performing July 5.
Performances by both bands will be 7-10 p.m.
Don’t forget to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.
Community Days will be held July 10-13 at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue.
Hours are 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday.
A fireworks display is set for 10:15 p.m. Saturday.
The festival is sponsored by the Northampton Exchange Club.
Northampton AARP Chapter 3915 will meet July 10 at Northampton Banquet and Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
Doors open 11 a.m.
Entertainment will be music by the Little Brass Band of the Lehigh Valley.
Refreshments will be provided.
The Coplay Parkway Pool lifeguards will provide swim lessons in two sessions. Each class is one hour.
The first session will be offered July 6, 7, 13 and 14.
The second session will be July 20, 21, 27 and 28.
For more information, call 717-809-6789.
The free movies continue 5-7 p.m. at Coplay Public Library.
The July 8 movie is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
The July 15 movie is “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
The July 22 movie is “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
The July 29 movie is “Apollo 13.”
• Half-price sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Catasauqua Community Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St. The sale will continue until July 6 during regular business hours.
• Free community lunch, 11 a.m., at Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., Catasauqua
• Do-it-yourself paper lantern planets (for teens), 2 p.m., at Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave. Information and registration (required): 610-262-7537
• Movie: “Spaceballs,” 5-7 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351
A Dip-N-Dance will be held 1-3 p.m. July 16 at Northampton Borough Municipal Pool, 1599 Laubach Ave. The pool is open for the season noon-7 p.m. daily.
Holy Trinity Nursery School, 1235 Main St., is registering for the 2019-20 school year.
The 2-year-old play group class meets 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Class size is limited to 12 children. Children do not need to be toilet trained for this class.
The 3-year-old class meets 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Class size is limited to 16 children. Children need to be toilet trained for this class.
Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., will be offering its next free community lunch 11 a.m. July 1.
All are invited.
Catasauqua Community Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St., is having a half-price sale on everything in the store until July 6.
Normal business hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Donations of clean, used clothing are gratefully accepted during store operating hours.
(Editor’s note: This series was written to honor the borough of Coplay on its 150th anniversary.)
Over the years, we have written numerous columns pertaining to the Lehigh Valley cement industry, but I am sure there are many stories that will never be told, as less people are employed in the industry. Modern technology has streamlined our cement plants; they operate more efficiently with a smaller labor force.
Catasauqua Community Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St., is having a half-price sale on everything until July 6.
Business hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Donations are accepted. Proceeds are returned to the community through contributions that support youth and adult programs.
Coplay Garden Club meets 6 p.m. June 27 at St. John’s Lutheran Church social hall, 18 S. Third St.
The public is invited to attend, green thumb or not.
St. John’s Lutheran Church is finalizing plans for its annual picnic, scheduled for July 28 at the Coplay Parkway pavilion, Second and Keefer streets.
The picnic committee said the event welcomes church members and friends to the picnic.
There will be fun programs, such as “Let’s Make a Deal” and bingo, as well as music by Freddie Frederick Jr. Entertainment and a cakewalk.