As has been pointed out, we love working from Orangeville and enjoying all that the town and surrounding region have to offer. Throughout the warm spring, summer and autumn months, there is almost always something going on that provides entertainment, education or activities for all ages. July 4, 2015 will be no exception with the annual “Founder’s Day” event.
Celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July, Founder’s Day is a celebration of the founding of the Town of Orangeville by Orange Lawrence and the town’s heritage and history. It is generally organized by the town’s BIA, a group consisting of downtown businesses, and they do a great job of bringing in buskers, music including local bands and musicians, and other fun activities, all held in the downtown core and centered on Broadway Avenue.
Broadway is closed for the day to vehicular traffic and during the day, the street is filled with people wandering from event to event and taking in the entertainment of the great buskers who come and perform on the street. In addition, there are performances that include the students from Tom’s Martial Arts demonstrating their amazing karate skills while Orangeville resident Debbie Apolinario leads the crowd in Zumba Dance sessions in between the karate performances.
There is also the opportunity for those attending to take advantage of great sidewalk and street sales being offered by downtown businesses with many products and services available for steep discounts. Food vendors are also always close by and almost everything from hotdogs to Caribbean meals will tempt the taste buds.
This year, the event starts at 8AM (Broadway will be closed from 5AM) and includes The Farmer’s Market, a weekly event in town during the summer months. In addition to The Farmer’s Market in the morning, there will be the Shining Stars Talent Show followed by bands performing at the main stage. Between 11:00AM and 2PM, a “Battle Of The Bands” competition will be held on Mill Street, adjacent to Broadway.
If you love ball hockey, you’ll love to know that over on Second Street, an all day Ball Hockey tournament will take place and Alexandra Park (behind the Town Hall) will feature a “Kid Zone” with events and attractions for younger attendees of the festival.
In past years, the event has gone on until 11PM (In 2014, the music continued until the wee hours of the morning with a street dance that also included a dazzling fireworks display from the roof of the Town Hall), but unfortunately this year, the festivities will end at around 8PM. The very popular local band, The Campfire Poets who perform a wide variety of songs including rock, blues, reggae and East Coast/Celtic styles will end the Founder’s Day festival, playing at the main stage between 6:30 and 8PM.
If you’re looking for something to do on July 4th, consider coming up to Orangeville and bringing the whole family! You’ll enjoy the beautiful downtown area, the fine shopping that is available and all of the events including the buskers, an art show and the music entertainment. If you do come, give us a call and we can arrange to meet with you, as well!