PHOENIXVILLE - For the sixth straight year, the borough will host a fireworks display and concert to celebrate the Fourth of July.

The event is a relatively new tradition, but one that is taking roots in town, said Karen Johns, who has played an integral part in bringing the event to the borough. The event grew out of Phoenixville sesquicentennial celebration six years ago, when it was funded through a state grant. It has remained a fixture.

The event takes place at Friendship Field on Fillmore Street, where gates open at 6 p.m. On the Fourth, the biweekly summer concert series in Reeves Park also moves to Friendship Field. The event is sponsored by the Phoenixville Area Chamber of Commerce and Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust. The band Main Street Sounds will kick off its set at 7 p.m., and play up until about 9 p.m., when the fireworks begin.

"People should bring their lawn chairs, their blankets and their appetites," Johns said. "There will be a number of vendors serving food and beverages, such as sausages, hot dogs, fried chicken, perogies, at the event. Petrucci's will be there to serve water ice."

Visitors can park at the Italian Club on North Street, and at your own discretion, at St. Mary's Church on Grant Street, the former Polychem Corporation building at Franklin Ave. and Grant Street, and Bethel Baptist Church on Fairview Street.

The fireworks display regularly draws thousands of viewers. Handicapped parking and facilities will be available for the event. Pets and alcohol are not allowed at Friendship Field for the event. The field is located at the corner of Fillmore and Franklin streets, across from Reservoir Park.

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