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Travel + Leisure names four local towns among top places for July 4th celebrations

Three Bucks County towns and one Hunterdon County town are named in a Travel + Leisure magazine reader survey ranking of the 20 best towns in the country for Independence Day celebrations.

Newtown is listed fourth, New Hope is ranked sixth, Lambertville, N.J., was voted 13th and Doylestown came in as the 18th most patriotic place to celebrate the holiday.

According to the magazine, the culturally rich and historic sites of Doylestown vibrantly come to life during the festivities on Independence Day, bringing together old-fashioned traditions with new generations. “Fonthill’s 20th Century-inspired celebration is the most well-attended event in Doylestown, boasting things such as old-time games, live music and watermelon-eating contests. The town’s historic relevance stems from General Washington’s brief presence in Doylestown during the Revolutionary War.”

The magazine says Newtown throws a charmingly small-town-style party: its First Fourth. The celebration on July 5 includes a parade and ends with fireworks at the local middle school.

“He may not have slept here,” the magazine says of New Hope, “but George Washington reportedly marched through this quirky town on four occasions during the Revolutionary War.” The town makes “a lively launching pad for area festivities.”

Lambertville provided an outpost for General Washington and his army, which once camped at an orchard at the corner of Bridge and Union streets, the magazine says. The town also has welcomed presidents Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant.

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