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GTH holds annual 4th of July celebration

Catasauqua Borough was immersed in history July 4 with the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua. The historic home was built by one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

The day featured a busy schedule of activities 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Featured were tours of the mansion, kids’ activities, games and crafts, food trucks and conversations with Revolutionary War and Civil War re-enactors.

A historical timeline was also conducted on the back lawn. The Civil War re-enactors wore Grand Army of the Republic (Union army) uniforms. On view were period-style utensils, medicines and other items.

The Bachmann Players held vignettes that included a royal governor of New Jersey, accompanied by a red-coated English soldier. The governor read a document condemning colonials who advocated and worked against the English king.

One gentleman carried a “Join or Die” flag, signifying the urgings of the colonies to join together to overthrow the English tyrannical rule over the American colonies. The goal was freedom and developing a democracy.

The Antebellum Marine Band played patriotic music on the front lawn starting 10:30 a.m. to the delight of the growing crowd.

The Catasauqua Community Choir and Bell Choir entertained 11 a.m. beside the summer kitchen. Attendees were treated with melodious choir singing, followed by the talented bell choir.

Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel welcomed those in attendance and provided the introduction. She thanked the Bachmann Players, Antebellum Marine Band, both Catasauqua choirs and the George Taylor House board of directors and volunteers for their efforts in making the event a success.

Schlegel also read a proclamation honoring the late Robert Martin, a former vice president of the George Taylor House board and longtime volunteer. Martin’s leadership with a team restored the summer kitchen and fireplace into working order. Martin also assisted in the effort in acquiring a Liberty Tree, which was planted and dedicated on the mansion grounds recently.

Schlegel announced July 4, 2024, as Robert Martin Day in the borough of Catasauqua.

At noon, the Declaration of Independence was read, a changing of the flag occurred, and the national anthem was played by the Antebellum Marine Band. This was followed by the traditional gun salute, taps and the American Legion salute.

Final remarks and the playing of “God Bless America” by the Antebellum Marine Band closed the program.

PRESS PHOTOS BY BILL LEINER JR.Re-enactment soldiers from the Bachmann Players pause for a picture at the George Taylor House during the annual Declaration of Independence reading and Fourth of July celebration.
Crowds assemble on the lawn at the event, held July 4 at the Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua, site.
The Antebellum Marine Band plays patriotic songs for attendees.
Catasauqua Borough Mayor Barbara Schlegel opens the event and dedicates the day to the late Robert Martin.
A Bachmann Players re-enactor portrays the royal governor of New Jersey to condemn colonial patriots during the George Taylor House Independence Day celebration, held July 4 at the Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua, site.
Two Grand Army of the Republic Union soldiers are equipped with a pup tent and supplies at the GTH event.
PRESS PHOTOS BY BILL LEINER JR.The Catasauqua Bell Choir rings out melodious tunes to the delight of attendees.