Help sought for Fourth of July festivities

The annual Merrimack July 4th Parade and Family Fun Day is this weekend, and the Merrimack Public Library is recruiting for this event.

There are several ways for you to help out and have fun while supporting the library. On July Fourth, don’t just stand there and watch the parade – show your love and sup­port for the library and march with us!

Volunteers will also hand out candy and library swag to spectators along the parade route and participate in the library’s infa­mous Book Cart Drill Team.

Register at merrimacklibrary.org and click on "March in the Parade With Us" (under coming events) so we know to expect you. Marchers should check in at the registration table at the Tractor Supply parking lot be­tween 11:45 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. and join the library at our space in the lineup down Center Street to Front Street.

The parade will kick off at 1 p.m. and will be held rain or shine, but do plan appropri­ately for it.

A winning costume earns a hero’s (or vil­lain’s) reward

The fun doesn’t stop there – dress up as your favorite superhero or villain in honor of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme, "Every Hero Has a Story," and en­ter our costume contest (across three age groups), and you may win one of three $25 gift certificates to Merrymac Games & Comics, courtesy of the Friends of the Mer­rimack Public Library.

Voting will be held on the library’s Face­book page the week after the parade.

Earn money for the Friends of the Li­brary.

The Merrimack Rotary is asking for help from local organizations and businesses be­fore, during and after the July 4th Family Fun Day. The Rotary will make a donation to any organization whose volunteers help out before, during or after the Family Fun Day.

1. Help cook and serve at the pancake breakfast from 8-10 a.m. (volunteers arrive early to prep).

2. We are looking for folks to help on the midway at the Family Fun Fest from noon-9 p.m. Rotarian Bob Best has asked that volunteers commit to a two-hour (or more) block of time: as monitors for bounce houses, ticket sellers, Kids Craft tent, games monitors (free throw contest), monitors for the contest tent (art and photography con­test), music stage monitors and trash collec­tors.

3. Finally, help is needed from 7 a.m.- noon Sunday, July 5, to clean up the field from the festivities. Cleanup should be quick with many hands making the work light.

If you would like to help, email Yvette Couser at ycouser@merrimacklibrary.org.