PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBArea residents recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at Payrow Plaza on Independence Day.
Andrew Azan hands out American flags prior to the reading. Azan is assistant scout master and chaplain for Troop 359 in Bethlehem.
Sixteen-year-old Star Boy Scout Jarrod Treffinger leads the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. He is a member of Troop 359 from Bethlehem.
Lehigh Township resident Patrick Cubbage salutes during the playing of the National Anthem. Cubbage served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam.
Event emcee and organizer Thomas Carroll says, “We come here today to honor the greatest nation in history.”
Melissa and John Gallagher attend dressed as colonial patriots. She handed out 1776 teabags and pocket size copies of the U.S. Constitution. The Gallaghers are from Easton.
The prior nine readers of the Declaration of Independence listen as Lehigh County Controller Glenn Eckhart finishes up reading the document.