The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. You can’t ask for more than warm weather, picnics, parades, concerts, and fireworks… all weekend long! And there’s no better place to spend the 4th than in a small town in New England – truly a slice of small-town Americana.
I don’t even have to travel far – here’s what’s happening in my neck of the woods:
7pm – concert & fireworks
6:30 p.m. with music by the Indian Hill Big Band, The Church Ladies, the Contrabanditos and The Billhillies and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Summer food available from Chef on Wheels.
Ayer – A full day of activities are planned including the Main Street parade, entertainment and vendor booths at Pirone Park, an evening band concert and fireworks at dusk.
(Ed. note #1. At Pirone Park, head directly for the strawberry shortcake booth. It’s to die for, and they often sell out early.)
(Ed. note #2. The illustrious Harvard Town Band will be playing in the parade, and doing the pre-fireworks evening concert at Pirone Park. Yours truly served as Mme. President and Flute Manque for a number of years until this year. They rock. Go see them. And tell Peter I said “hiya”.)
Pepperell – Parade at 12:30 p.m. from Town Hall; chicken barbecue, music, crafts, raffles and more on the town field. Fireworks at dusk.
Littleton – Fourth of July Picnic, Fay Park, starts at 11:30
Features food, music, and fun and the ringing of church bells.
11am – Parade, followed by fun and games
(Ed. note: It was while with the Harvard Town Band that I first experienced a Harvard, MA Fourth. To me, this is the quintessential Norman Rockwell Fourth of July. It really should be experienced at least once, if you live anywhere near. I’ll be there!)