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Three Days of Fun in Four Landmark Towns -

Bristol, Yardley, New Hope and Morrisville !

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Friday, June 2o

7-9 p.m.

At the Bristol Borough Lagoon Park

Decorated Boat Parade

Decorated Duck Contest

The River Drivers in Concert

Food and Community Groups

Click here for Boat Parade application.


Saturday, June 21

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In Yardley Borough along the Canal

from Afton to College Avenues

Decorated Boat Parade at 12:30 p.m.

Decorated Duck Contest

Caribbean Steel Rhythms Ensemble

Canal Critter Race at 3 p.m.

Food and Community Groups

Click here for Boat Parade application.

Saturday, June 21

6-9 p.m.

In Williamson Park on Delmorr Avenue in Morrisville

Decorated Duck Contest

Art Exhibit

Live Music

Food and Vendors


Sunday, June 22

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

In New Hope in conjunction with the Liberty Festival

5K Run/Walk

Town and Towpath Guided Tour

Decorated Boat Float

Decorated Duck Making

String Band Concert to Benefit the NH-S Library

The Delaware Canal Festival is sponsored by

Friends of the Delaware Canal

Landmark Towns of Bucks County

Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Grant funding has been received from the

Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau.

Here's what you can do now -

Decorate a Boat!


The Decorated Boat Parades in Bristol and Yardley are back! Everyone from up, down, and all around the Canal is invited to participate in this year's parades - either in Bristol or Yardley or, better yet, both.

If you have a canoe, kayak or other vessel, transform it into a floating wonder and show it off in the parades. Individuals, families, neighborhoods, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to enter. Don't worry about time, effort, or quality. Some of the best boats are put together in the blink of an eye, and ALL are loved by the spectators. (And for those people who didn't get to show off their boats in Bristol in 2012 because of the thunderstorm, we hope that you saved them for this year.)

At each parade, generous cash prizes will be awarded for the most humorous, beautiful, colorful, and "typical of the canal" entries, as well as Judge's Choice and Best of Parade. All entries will receive commemorative rosette ribbons.

Click here for the Bristol entry form.

Click here for the Yardley entry form.

Or visit the Delaware Canal Festival Facebook page, call 215-862-2021, or e-mail

Decorate a Duck!

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This year there will be duck decorating opportunities at each of the four Festival locations. You may buy your official yellow rubber ducks at various locations beforehand and take them home to transform them or you can come to the duck booth at the festival and decorate your quackling right on the spot. They will be available at businesses, offices, and street-side sales tables. Cash prizes will be awarded for Overall-Best of Show, Day of Festival-Best of Show, and Day of Festival-Most Creative. Prizes for both Adult and Kids Up to 10 entries will be given in these categories: most humorous, beautiful, imaginative, and "most ugly duckling."

Buy Your Ducks Here:

Customers Bank, 1 South Main Street, Yardley

Race a Duck! Or a Vintage Frog or Turtle!

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The Canal Critter Race returns to Yardley this year. Hundreds of rubber duckies (as well as some frogs and turtles) will be dumped into the Canal from high on the Letchworth Avenue Bridge. Before the cheering crowd, they'll float their way down the canal to the finish line at Lock 5. Your first step to winning the Canal Critter Race is to purchase your critters. They'll also be at weekend sales tables set up at various locations in downtown Yardley and at Friends' events. Ducks can be obtained for a contribution of $5 for 1 duck or $20 for 5 ducks. Because of their "skills," our vintage, well-trained frogs and turtles are $8 each or $10 for 2. Frogs and turtles will be available only at Customers Bank. Very special prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Race winners. Proceeds for the Critter Race benefit the Friends of the Delaware Canal maintenance and improvement efforts.

Buy Your Racing Ducks, Turtles, and Frogs at:

Customers Bank, 1 South Main Street, Yardley


There is so much to do this year - in four places!

The Delaware Canal Festival has something for everyone.

It's free, and it's lots of fun.


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