Everybody’s looking for something a little different in their Independence Day celebrations. Some people want as many explosives as you can possibly pack into one hourlong fireworks show. Some demand at least one parade and a killer barbecue. There are a dozen reasons that you might be all about most Fourth of July festivities while not being all about that bang. Maybe you’ve got a small kid or furry friend who goes into hysterics when your car backfires but really likes food. Maybe there’s a vet in your group with PTSD who can’t do loud noises but can do barbecue. Maybe you just really really like your vittles and could care less about fireworks – you can stop furiously Googling; there are options for you. Here are the top picks.
Moo-Duck Brewery Picnic | July 3 (Elizabethtown)
This picnic will take place inside Moo-Duck Brewery in E-town, and it runs way longer than any other picnic on this list – depending on who you are, those can definitely be taken as positive. From 12:30-9 p.m., a mere $4 will get you one of two hotdog varieties – bacon and cheddar or buffalo chicken dip – as well as a complimentary side bar with salads and watermelon. Throughout the day, you will also be able to play corn hole, known nationwide as the most safe-for-work game with the least safe-for-work title in the entire English language.
Divine Swine In-Out BBQ | July 4 (Manheim)
Maybe you’re a freethinker. You don’t need The Man telling you how to hoedown. You wanna do your own picnic, in the spirit of the holiday and our stubborn forebears. No sweat, folks. Hit up the Divine Swine in Manheim for all your finger-lickin’ needs. Get a pound of pulled pork or a rack of their astronomically tender ribs and you’re all set to host a party in your own backyard. They’re serving their full menu from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Keep in mind – if you’re catering for a crowd, you’re going to want to order a day ahead of time.
Hogs & Hops at JoBoy’s | July 4 (Lititz)
Want more BBQ? JoBoy’s Brew Pub is celebrating in its one-year anniversary at its new location in Lititz on Saturday with two sessions – 12-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. – of all-you-can-eat pork paired with housemade craft beer and live music. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children, with the adult ticket earning you a complimentary pint of JoBoy’s anniversary beer – a “smoked IPA” brewed in collaboration with Maryland’s DuClaw Brewing and Heavy Seas Brewing.
Thank-a-Vet at Pour | July 4 (Lancaster)
POUR Wine & Beer Bar is grilling with hearts of gold this Independence Day. From 3-6 p.m., they’ll have sausages and burgers galore as part of their Thank-a-Vet event. There’ll be live music in the form of Corty Byron, specials on Jack Daniels and Finladia cocktails, and – perhaps best of all – a $5 balloon pop game with some killer prizes. Why’s that the best part? Because the proceeds go to Veterans Victory House, a local charity dedicated to ending homelessness among vets by providing temporary housing, training, and referrals to job programs that enable these vets to get into permanent homes. In 2014, three quarters of VVH’s clients found long-term housing, representing 33 families off the streets. Makes you feel better about all that Jack, right?
What’s on tap for you this weekend?