4th of July Through the Decades

1957

West Reading’s Fourth of July celebration yesterday was a double event. Besides celebrating the holiday the citizens and various organizations in the borough joined in a program in observation of the borough’s 50th anniversary. A spectacular feature of the day was the parade which was held in the morning. Shown above is one of the marching groups as the parade moved along Penn Avenue. (Eagle Staff Photo)

1969

Four hundred and fifty-seven children participated in the Fourth of July program sponsored by the city recreation bureau at the City Park bandshell Thursday afternoon. The children, walking to City Park from their respective playgrounds, wore costumes of their own design and carried flags in the patriotic march.

Oakbrook housing, Baer Park and Barbey’s win the top three honors in competition involving number of participants and distance traveled. At the bandshell, appropriate songs were sung and Uncle Sam’s birthday cake was lit. In the left photo, David A. Salvi, dressed as America’s best known symbol, admires the simulated stars and stripes confection, while one playground group, in the right photo, offers an Independence Day songfest.

Below, members of the Brookline playground sport small replicas of Old Glory as they witness the proceedings. -Eagle Photo

1973

As usual, Lancaster Avenue and the New Holland Road intersection was turned into a lake during Tuesday afternoon’s series of thundershowers. Just as regular are these two youngsters who took advantage of the cool water to escape from the humid weather that preceded the deluge. – Eagle Photo

Then & Now – 1100 Block of Lancaster Ave

1100 Block Lancaster Ave - 1970s
Photo by Ron Ciervo – 1970s
2016

Pictured is looking toward Reading on Lancaster Ave also known as 222 business. You may remember the Red Barn Restaurant, which then became a Chinese restaurant called Golden Chopsticks. It went out of business sometime in the early-mid 2010s.

On this day…May 23rd 1982

Above the fold in theMay 23rd, 1982 Reading Eagle

Kenhorst Fire Company’s 50th anniversary

  Pacman tournament at the Fairgrounds Square Mall to benefit the YMCA of Berks county. In sports

The early stages of a long decline of Penn Square downtown