Amherst parade is candidates’ pick

John Adams wanted Americans to go all out in celebrating Indepen­dence Day, and New Hampshire towns comply, with fireworks, parades and other kinds of fun.

Amherst is where the political excitement will be Saturday, since its annual Fourth of July parade has long been a magnet for presidential candidates.

The celebration is scheduled to begin with fireworks the evening of Friday, July 3; the parade and village green events will be on Saturday, July 4. The theme for the pa­rade this year is "New Hampshire Firsts."

Events begin at Souhe­gan High School on the evening of July 3 with fireworks sponsored by the Granite State Credit Union, hot air balloon rides for $7, free face painting by Krickey the Clown, $1 rides on the Roaming Railroad, taiko drumming by ShinDaiko, a band concert by the Amherst Town Band and food. The rain date for the fireworks is Saturday, July 4 and cancellations will be posted on WMUR. com.

In the village on July 4 there will be a parade with bands, floats, Revolu­tionary and Civil War regi­ments, marchers, clowns and more. The children’s bicycle parade will begin at Knight’s Field on Main Street at 9:30 a.m., before the town parade.

Events on the village green will include an art show, craft demonstra­tions, children’s games, animals, booths of local organizations, food, a re­viewing stand ceremony, clowns, pocket ladies, an Irish dance demonstra­tion and robotics.

The parade route will be different this year due to construction on Foundry Street. The pa­rade will start at Wilkins School at 10 a.m. as usual, proceed up Boston Post Road to Main Street, turn right on Main Street, left on Knight Street, left on Amherst Street, left on Middle Street, and right on Main Street to pass in front of the reviewing stand.

There will be a parade rain or shine. It will only be canceled if there is thunder and lightning.

Anyone interested in being in the parade, hav­ing a spot on the village green (non-profit organi­zations only), or helping with the activities should contact Nancy Head, 673-1389 or njhead@my

Milford has its tradi­tional Family Fun Day on July 4 at Keyes Memo­rial Park, starting with a patriotic bike parade at noon at the skate park.

Field activities take place from noon until 3 p.m. At the Keyes stage, hosted by DJ Dave Alcox.

At 3 p.m. there will be a town-officials’ belly-flop contest at Keyes Pool.

Through the day there will be food concessions and music and fireworks begin at dusk.

Merrimack’s annual Fourth of July parade be­gins at 1 p.m. at the Mer­rimack Commons parking lot. at 515 Daniel Webster Highway.

The Parks and Rec­reation Department is promising a spectacu­lar line-up of drum and bugles corps, marching bands, and other enter­tainment.

For more information contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 882-1046.

Bedford has no July 4 events, but the pool will be open that day, and there will be a concert on July 2 with the 39th Army Band, on the Village Com­mon at 6 p.m.