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Bethlehem celebrates the Fourth

Declaration reading, old-time baseball and family fun mark Independence Day

Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson introduces those reading the Declaration of Independence to open the annual Family Day community event held at Elm Avenue Park.

Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson introduces those reading the Declaration of Independence to open the annual Family Day community event held at Elm Avenue Park. Photo by Marcy Velte.

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The Old Time Base Ball game between the 1864 New York Mutuals and the Bethlehem Braves team

— “It’s a good community day to enjoy your family and be outdoors,” she said. “That’s sort of what we’re all about here.”

The Old Time Base Ball game between the 1864 New York Mutuals and the Bethlehem Braves team occurred later in the day. The Bethlehem team took a walloping with a score of 28 to 4, but Steve Peterson, the president of the Bethlehem Braves Travel Baseball Club, said they expected to lose playing under rules and in uniforms from another century.

“Theses guys do this for a living,” he said. The team has already signed on to play in next year’s game.

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