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Bethlehem is a city of 75,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania - a city known for its rich colonial and industrial history. Today Bethlehem is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance promising a future as bright as the city's past.

Recent News & Updates

New Leaf Collection Schedule

We are approaching another leaf collection season. As you probably know, each area typically gets at least one scheduled and one unscheduled pick-up between late October/early November through mid December. For the full schedule, please click here. In order to help you find your leaf collection zone, please view the map online.

Yard Waste Pickup Schedule

View calendar here.

The Runner's World Half Marathon and Festival

October 16-18

The racecourses will feature Bethlehem's historic neighborhoods, including some of the town's original 1741 settlement, Moravian College, and the former Bethlehem Steel complex–where the backbone of the nation was literally forged.

Map of Half Marathon
Map of 5-K
Map of 10-K


Citizens' Christmas City Committee Seeking Donation of Large Christmas Trees

The Citizens' Christmas City Committee is seeking donations of tall trees for the Christmas holiday season. The trees need to be nicely shaped, 40-50 feet in height, must be accessible to the roadway, and within no more than 10 miles of center city. City Electrician Greg Cryder, will come out to the location and inspect the tree for acceptability.

Donation of these trees will be recognized at the annual Christmas City Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will take place on Friday, November 27, 2015, at 4:30PM on Payrow Plaza.

Anyone wishing to donate a tree should call Greg Cryder or Chris Lenhart at 610-865-7108.

Solid Waste Pilot Program

Over the course of the last year, the City of Bethlehem has had open dialogue with the city's independent waste haulers and residence to collaboratively find solutions to the city's garbage collection system. This dialogue has led the City to test a zoned pick up system, starting in South Bethlehem, where the majority of trash related complaints have being received. The City of Bethlehem truly feels that this is a step in the right direction to address this quality of life issue in our city.

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Saucon Park - September 8, 2015 through October 11, 2015

Starting at dawn on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, the Saucon Park will be open from dawn to dusk during the week and only open to permit holders and their guests on the weekends. This will be in effect through October 11, 2015. Anyone interested in renting a pavilion please call the number below or access the city's website at

For additional information, please contact Ralph Carp, Director of Parks and Public Property at 610-865-7080.

The next Mayor's Open Door will be Monday, October 12, 2015

City of Bethlehem Administrative Gift Policy

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Request for Qualifications for The City of Bethlehem's Housing Rehabilitation Program

Download PDF here

Community Development Block Grant Program and Home Investment Partnership Program

Request for proposal for community, housing and economic development services.

Download RFP

Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnerships Program Application

This application package includes all the materials needed to either recommend a project or request funding for a project from the City of Bethlehem's FY 2016 Community Development Block Grant and/or FY 2016 HOME Investment Partnerships Programs.

Download Application

Job Opportunites

  • Deputy Director of Community & Economic Development
  • Crossing Guard (PT)
  • Community Health Nurse

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Special Activity Meetings S.A.M

The City of Bethlehem is excited to announce we are now conducting Special Activity Meetings in Town Hall the second Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. A representative from each department will be present to answer questions or address any issues you may have about your Special event (parades, walks/runs, festivals, etc.).

Anyone may attend but we do ask that if your event is new, you must attend at least one of these meetings.

We want your event to be a success and attendance at one of these meetings ensures you will receive the necessary information.

If possible, please RSVP with Judith Stiles at 610-865-7079.

Fire Hydrant Flushing Schedule

The Fire Hydrant Flushing Schedule is available online.