PHOTOS: Fourth of July celebrations in Phoenixville, Limerick, Skippack and Valley Forge

Philadelphia Continental Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution place the flags on the grave sites of the 22 Revolutionary War soldiers during the annual Independence Day ceremony at the Revolutionary War Soldiers' Cemetery on Rt. 23 in East Vincent Friday morning. Photo by Barry Taglieber

Light rain fell during the morning Friday, but that didn’t stop residents throughout the area from enjoying Fourth of July festivities.

The annual Independence Day ceremony at the Revolutionary War Soldiers’ Cemetery on Rt. 23 in East Vincent went on despite wind and cloudy skies. State Sen. John Rafferty gave the keynote speech after members of the Philadelphia Continental Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution placed flags on the grave sites of the 22 revolutionary soldiers.

At 11 a.m., Skippack’s annual Fourth of July Parade began, with thousands packing the sides of Skippack Pike through the village to watch despite the on-and-off drizzle. Classic cars, fire trucks and floats were all on display, as well as some less conventional sights, like a rapping Uncle Sam in a red, white and blue silk robe.

Valley Forge National Historic Park held their Annual July 4th Community Picnic in the Park with games, crafts, a cook-out, a reading from Thomas Jefferson and the march of the Continental Army.

The sun came out by mid-afternoon and those celebrating in Skippack and Valley Forge, as well as in Phoenixville and at Waltz Golf Farm in Limerick, enjoyed sunny, mild weather.