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International Festival

The Upper Darby International Festival is hosted Annually by Upper Darby Township and the Upper Darby Multicultural Commission. The festival is a celebration of the township's rich cultural diversity through food, music, and merchandise. Portions of 69th Street will be limited to pedestrian traffic to accommodate food vendors and live cultural performances. Additionally, many retailers in the 69th Street Business District provide special discounts in connection with the festival. A number of local restaurants, representing the diverse ethnic populations and nationalities of Upper Darby, have come to take part in the celebration.

This year the Upper Darby International Festival will take place on : Saturday, September 26, 2020

For more information view their facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/UDIntlFestival

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees.

This year Arbor Day takes place on Friday, April 24, 2020. Due to the need to observe social distancing guidelines, Arbor Day activities will be held after the Governor's Stay at Home order is lifted.

Shred-It Day

This bi-annual event allows Upper Darby Township residents to bring their paper and documents to be securely shredded. A large shredding truck is brought in and residents encouraged to bring their paper items to be shredded securely on site.

This Year's Shred-It Day will take place on : Saturday, September 19, 2020

Due to the Governor's Stay at Home order, the Shred Event originally scheduled for April 18th has been cancelled. Once the Stay at Home order is lifted, we will determine if we are able to reschedule this event.

Community Day

Community Day is a Celebration of the vast and diverse Culture present throughout Upper Darby Township. The annual event draws thousands to the area and features local businesses, artisans and entertainment. The event is Free free to attend with lots of entertainment and family fun. Games & contests for are available as well as face painting. This event also provides information for the Upper Darby community on many types of businesses and services available to them.

This Year Community Day will take place on : Saturday, October 19, 2019

Drug Takeback Day

Drug Takeback Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction. These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.

Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Details about Drug Take-Back Day:

  • The program is anonymous.
  • Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules accepted.
  • Intra-venous solutions, injectables, liquids and needles will not be accepted.
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.

This Year Drug Takeback Day will be announced later this month.

National Night Out

During National Night Out, neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.

Created by the National Association of Town Watch, the nation’s premiere non-profit crime prevention organization dedicated to the development and promotion of crime prevention in communities across the nation, National Night Out is organized by a network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and concerned citizens.

This Year National Night Out will take place on : August 4, 2020.

Delaware County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection

Delaware County sponsors four (4) Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events each year. Typically, item labels that contain the words: HAZARDOUS – DANGER – WARNING – POISONOUS and TOXIC, indicate items that contain hazardous material. For more information see the Delaware County Household Hazrdous Waste (HHW) Program Website.

This year the events takes place on the following days:

  • Saturday, June 20, 2020
  • Saturday, September 12, 2020
  • Saturday, October 17, 2020

NOTE: The Saturday, May 2, 2020 HHW Waste event has been cancelled by the County.

Fire Prevention Week

The purpose of Fire Prevention Week is to bring awareness to the risk of death in case of a fire and provide educational resources to people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic status in order to keep everyone safe.

Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

This Year Fire Prevention Week begins on : Sunday, October 4, 2020

Fire Prevention Parade

The Upper Darby Township Fire Prevention Parade is the culmination of Fire Prevention Week.

Historically the Parade has begun at Drexel Hill Middle School located at State Road and Shadeland Avenue. The Parade route goes down Kenwood Road to Bond Avenue and ultimately ends up at Aronimink School. It features local marching bands, elected officials, the Marine Corp. League Honor Guard as well as various fire trucks, from both Upper Darby and the surrounding communities.

Following the parade, the Upper Darby Fire Department will distribute fire prevention materials, assorted novelties for children and there will be demonstrations by members of the fire department. The demonstrations will include high angle rope rescue, vehicle extrication using the "JAWS OF LIFE". There will also be demonstrations on "Stop Drop and Roll". Firefighters will be available distributing fire prevention literature, fire safety tips and will be available to answer questions.

The program is for all ages. Please join us and help in keeping Upper Darby a fire safe community.