William T. Kerr and the Birthplace of a National Day of Honor
The Borough of Yeadon holds a place of historical significance in the annals of American History due to the contributions of the founder of Flag Day – William T. Kerr. Mr. Kerr born in Pittsburgh, but moved to Yeadon as an adult and made it his home until his passing in 1953. Kerr was most noted for championing flag day – lobbying every American President from William McKinley to Harry S. Truman to have Old Glory recognized with its own national day of honor.
It was with great pride and joy that President Truman invited Mr. Kerr to witness the signing into law our now famous observance – June 14th as Flag Day – at the White House on August 3, 1949. This historic legislation has forever catapulted Yeadon as the birthplace of Flag Day along with life-long Pennsylvanian and Yeadonite – Mr. William T. Kerr.
– Mayor Rohan Hepkins
A Full Day of Family-Friendly Fun
At Kerr Field – 10:00 am to dusk
Yeadonites! Bring your family and friends and come out to celebrate this historic occasion! There will be a thrilling parade, a bike-decorating contest, antique car show, youth entertainment that include: obstacle course, moon bounce, dunk tank, money cash cube, SWAT and K9 demonstration, face painting, henna tattoos and the latest music with DJ Jake Ski on the 1s and 2s! Come check out the adult live entertainment, headliners include: SalSoul Orchestra Tribune Review, Soul on Demand, Steve Cofield and Nechelle. There will be line dancing and live dance performances as well! In addition, at every hour on the hour from 4 pm to 8 pm there will be FREE giveaways* to lucky attendees!
Food vendors will be available to satisfy your appetite with delicious foods from Fried Fish to Funnel cakes. Mr. Softee will make an appearance for all you nostalgic kids who crave a soft-serve ice cream cone with sprinkles and so much more. Vendors will showcase their merchandise for those who want to shop for the latest painting, jewelry, accessories, toys and more! The night will culminate with beautiful fireworks glaring along the sky!
*Must be present to win. Kids from 2-13 years old will receive FREE lunch (1-2:30 pm restrictions apply)
FLAG DAY 2018
Schedule of Events
9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Antique Car Show (Kerr Field)
10:00 am – 7:00 pm: Vendors’ Market
10:00 am: Yeadon Flag Day Parade (up Church Lane, turn on Longacre to Rose Street to Kerr Field)
11:00 am: Flag Raising Ceremony – Kerr Field
Noon: Community Youth Awards & Patriotic Contests
12:30 pm: Police SWAT and K-9 Demonstration and Display
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Fun for Everyone! Carnival Games, Races, Roxy the Clown, Popcorn, Snow Cones, Cotton Candy, Face Painting, Henna, Money Cash Cube, 40ft Obstacle Course & Large, Bounce House, Caricature Artists And DJ Jake Ski
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Live Entertainment featuring Nechelle, Steve Colfield, Soul On Demand, and Salsoul Orchestra Tribune Review
9:00 pm: Fireworks
Thanks To Our Sponsors and Donors!
This event would not fully be possible without the unwavering support of local businesses and community members. We would like to thank the businesses and individuals below who have generously donated to support Flag Day!
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (Stars & Stripes)
Atlas Upholstery & Interiors (Friends of the Flag)
Bint Hakim Designs (Stars & Stripes)
Hoff Communications (Stars & Stripes)
Joseph P. Possenti Jr. & Associates (Red, White & Blue)
Mario’s Auto Body (Betsy Ross Donor)
Meenan Oil (Honorable Mention)
Mellon Certified Restoration (Friends of the Flag)
Pro Vision Productions, Inc. (Friends of the Flag)
Republic Bank (Kerr Honorary Sponsor)
Southwest Vinyl Windows (Stars & Stripes)
Thomas J. Anderson & Associates (Honorable Mention)
VT Graphics (Friends of the Flag)