Shaler plans full day of Fourth of July festivities
Shaler is inviting the community to Kiwanis Park to celebrate Independence Day.
Community Day will kick off at 8:30 a.m. July 4 with the 15th annual Jane Neely 5K Run/Walk benefiting the Shaler Area Backpack Initiative, which provides families with child-friendly snacks and easy weekend meals.
The 5K race will start at the Shaler-Hampton EMS building, move along Little Pine Creek Road and end at Kiwanis Park’s baseball field.
Jane Neely was diagnosed with postpartum cardiomyopathy after her second son’s birth in 1985. After receiving a heart transplant in 1988, she began work as an ambassador for the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE).
Neely died in June 2005 from complications related to her second heart transplant. Proceeds from the inaugural race benefited CORE. Last year’s event raised more than $2,000 for the Shaler Area Backpack Initiative, according to the race website.
Following the race, from noon to 6 p.m., guests may cool off at Crawford Swimming Pool at Kiwanis Park; DJ Jazzy Jason will provide music from 1 to 5 p.m. Holiday admission rates apply.
New this year, Shaler Commissioner Susan Fisher said the township is extending time for children to play on inflatables to two slots — 1 to 3 p.m. and 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. in the Kiwanis Park parking lot. People also may test their skills at playing carnival games during those times. Children may ride fire trucks from 1 to 3 p.m.
“We had an obstacle course at Spring Fling and it was a huge success, and since we have everything for it, we’re going to try that and crafts. So, we’re trying to make it really kid-friendly in the afternoon,” Fisher said of Community Day plans.
“As chair of Parks and Recreation, I’m just really, really excited that more people are supporting our events. That’s what makes Shaler Township a special place — there’s lots to do here and, you know, we want to continue that,” Fisher said.
Shaler North Hills Library representatives will lead a children’s activity.
Local companies will display their wares at exhibitors’ tents from 5 to 9 p.m. At the same time, food vendors will serve attendees. Township officials will sell raffle tickets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for a Crawford Pool party, ride with a township police officer and other prizes benefiting the Shaler Area Backpack Initiative. Township employees also will sell Shaler T-shirts.
Shaler Hampton EMS will provide free blood-pressure checks and mini CPR clinics from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m.
A military recognition ceremony will occur at 8 p.m.
Uptown Rhythm & Brass will play blues, funk, jazz, rock and soul from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Pyrotecnico fireworks will cap off the evening at dusk. A rain date for the fireworks is July 5.
To register for the 5K or the military ceremony, visit shaler.org.
Fisher encourages people to check out the township website for a list of events, including movies in the park, Crawford Pool night swims and pool movie screenings planned for throughout the summer.
“We’ve planned a very rigorous schedule,” she said.