Final local summer hurrahs

August 30, 2008 3:40:06 PM PDT
Some folks are spending the last breath of summer not at the beach, but in their right in their backyards. Labor Day weekend has an ethnic flavor in the Delaware Valley, celebrating the heritage of thousands of immigrants who worked in factories building this country into an industrial powerhouse.

This was the annual Polish American festival at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

German Americans celebrated their 136th annual Volksfest at the Cannstatter's Club in Northeast Philadelphia. Not everyone flocks to the beach or the mountains.

"We're trying to squeeze a little bit more out of summer so we decided to stay local and we stayed at a hotel right nearby, within walking distance of all the historic sights," Carol Long of Conshohocken, Pa. said.

While the multitudes are soaking up the sun and surf at the beach, others came to Independence Mall to soak up a little history.

"We've been here for about six years now combined and we had never come to see the Liberty Bell so we decided to today," Louise Holston of Maguire Air Force, New Jersey.

At Franklin Square Park, visitors were still able to enjoy the sand, the surf and the boardwalk attractions.

At Penn's Landing, they got a chance to go boating, touring the USS Bradley, a guided missile frigate.

Summer fun in the city on this last big weekend, and they didn't have to sit in traffic for hours to enjoy it.

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