Friends of the Delaware Canal

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In Bristol and Morrisville this Year!

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Friday, June 19

6-9 p.m.

At the Bristol Borough Lagoon Park

Jefferson Avenue and Prospect Street

NEW - Food Trucks

Decorated Boat Parade

The River Drivers in Concert

Duck Decorating and Contest

Cardboard Boat Float Contest


Community Groups

Click here for Boat Parade application.


Saturday, June 20

1 to 4 p.m.

The Canal by the Actors’ NET Theatre in Morrisville

635 North Delmorr Avenue (Route 32)

NEW - Try Kayaking

Demos by the Delaware Canal State Park staff and short paddles up and down the Canal

Duck Decorating and Contest

Art Exhibit

The Bucks County Folk Song Society in concert



Community Groups


Here’s what you can do now -

Decorate a Boat!


Enter the Decorated Boat Parade in Bristol!

Everyone from up, down, and all around the Canal is invited to participate.

If you have a canoe, kayak or other vessel, transform it into a floating wonder and show it off in the parade. 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.

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

Driftwood Water Adventure, LLC will loan their kayaks, canoes, or paddle boards to Bristol Borough residents for free. Watercrafts will be dropped off June 15 at residents home and picked up Friday 19 before 5pm. DWS will also provide PFD and paddles. Call Patrick Mulhern at 215 882 4850 to secure your watercraft. Crafts are limited, first come first served.

Click here for the Bristol 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 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.

Cash prizes will be awarded in both Adult and Kids Up to 10 categories - Best of Show, Judges' Choice, Most Humorous, and Most Beautiful.

Buy a Duck to Help Canal Improvement Efforts!

Like the looks of the Canal Festival ducks, but don’t feel like decorating one? Feel free to purchase one just to have it. They make great bathtub companions.

One Duck for $5 or 5 Ducks for $20

Buy Your Ducks Here


Bristol Borough Hall, 250 Pond Street

Great ID's by Anne, 257 Radcliffe Street

Mignoni Jewelry, 200 Mill Street

Spice & Co., 131 Mill Street



Morrisville Borough Hall, 35 Union Street

Anthony's Pizza IV, 44 East Bridge Street

Morrisville Free Library, 300 North Pennsylvania Avenue




The Delaware Canal Festival has something for everyone.

It’s free, and it’s lots of fun.


The Delaware Canal Festival is sponsored by

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Friends of the Delaware Canal

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Landmark Towns of Bucks County

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Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

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