Phoenixville was initially established in 1732 and incorporated into a borough in 1849, known initially as Manavon, During its industrial heyday early on in the 20th century, it had been an essential manufacturing center the site of marvelous iron and steel mills including the Phoenix Iron Works, silk mill, boiler works, underwear & hosiery factories, a match factory, and the famous Etruscan majolica pottery. Even though the mills have all since shut down, the community has transformed over the years and yet, has maintained its spirit in steel.
The Borough happens to be the site of countless festivals such as the Dogwood Festival, First Fridays, Blobfest, Food Festivals, as well as the Phoenixville Farmer’s Market. Phoenixville has recently risen from the ashes of its extraordinarily simple & working class beginnings to become the community it is today.
Getting There: Driving the 27 miles from Center City to Phoenixville takes roughly 40 minutes. Metered street parking and municipal lots are available. Public transportation from Philadelphia is not easily accessible.
Fireworks on The 4th of July
Phoenixville – The natural amphitheater of Friendship Field hosts Phoenixville’s 20th such show; attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets—but not pets or alcohol. Vendors sell water ice, French fries and more snacks. July 4. (Rain date: July 5.) 9:15 p.m. Fillmore Street between South Street & Franklin Avenue