PHOENIXVILLE — The 76th annual Dogwood Festival kicked off this week in Phoenixville.
The week-long celebration dates back to 1943. Since then, the Dogwood Festival has honored U.S. military personnel with a family fun celebration and the area’s largest parade on Armed Forces Day, which is Saturday.
The Phoenixville Jaycees have been a part of Dogwood since its inception.
The festivities are broken up into three parts: the Dogwood Pageant, the Dogwood Carnival and the much-anticipated Dogwood Parade, which traditionally falls on Armed Forces Day.
The Dogwood Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The parade route runs from Franklin Commons to Reeves Park. The Mummers, area schools marching bands, classic cars, floats, local veterans and the Sixers Drumline are expected to take part in the parade.
Festivities, including carnival rides, will continue until 10 p.m. Saturday.
Throughout the week, Phoenixville residents could enjoy a variety of entertainment including the crowning of the annual Dogwood Queen, fair rides, lots of food, and live musical entertainment each night from area bands and musicians.
The Festival is located Reeves Park between Main Street and Star on Second and Third Street.
Saturday is traditionally the busiest day of the week for festival attendance.