Local towns celebrate July 4th in style

After he signed the Dec­laration of Independence, John Adams wanted Ameri­cans to go all out celebrating Independence Day.

New Hampshire towns typically 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.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be walking in the parade and stopping in the Village Green for a short while afterward, parade or­ganizer Nancy Head learned on Tuesday.

And ABC News told her former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, from South Caro­lina, will be there, as well.

But because candidates rarely commit in advance, she said, "At this point, who knows?"

The annual 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 Friday evening with fireworks sponsored by the Granite State Credit Union, hot air balloon rides for $7, free face painting, $1 rides on the Roaming Railroad, taiko drumming by Shin­Daiko, a concert by the Am­herst Town Band and food.

The rain date for the fire­works is Saturday.

In the village on Saturday, there will be a parade with bands, floats, Revolutionary and Civil War regiments, marchers, clowns and more. A children’s bicycle parade will begin at Knights 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 because of 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 – nonprofit organizations only – or helping with the activities should contact Nancy Head at 673-1389 or njhead@myfairpoint.net.

Brookline

Brookline will have its traditional parade, with line-up starting at 9 a.m. on South Main Street next to Pine Grove Cemetery. There will be fireworks at dusk at Lake Potanipo.

Family Fun Day, with free hot dogs and hamburgers and family-friendly games, will follow immediately at Brookline Ball Park on Francis Drive.

Volunteers are needed to blow up balloons at 9 a.m. at Town Hall.

Milford

Milford will have its Fam­ily Fun Day on Saturday at Keyes Memorial Park start­ing with a patriotic bike parade at noon at the skate park. Field activities will take place from noon-3 p.m. at the Keyes stage, hosted by disc jockey Dave Alcox.

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

There will be food con­cessions throughout the day, and music and fireworks will begin at dusk.

Merrimack

Merrimack’s annual Fourth of July parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the Mer­rimack Commons parking lot at 515 Daniel Web­ster Highway. The Parks & Recreation Department is promising "a spectacular lineup" of drum and bugles corps, marching bands and other entertainment. For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Depart­ment at 882-1046.

Bedford

Bedford has no July 4 events, but the town pool will be open that day.

Local towns celebrate July 4th in style

After he signed the Dec­laration of Independence, John Adams wanted Ameri­cans to go all out celebrating Independence Day.

New Hampshire towns typically 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.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be walking in the parade and stopping in the Village Green for a short while afterward, parade or­ganizer Nancy Head learned on Tuesday.

And ABC News told her former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, from South Caro­lina, will be there, as well.

But because candidates rarely commit in advance, she said, "At this point, who knows?"

The annual 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 Friday evening with fireworks sponsored by the Granite State Credit Union, hot air balloon rides for $7, free face painting, $1 rides on the Roaming Railroad, taiko drumming by Shin­Daiko, a concert by the Am­herst Town Band and food.

The rain date for the fire­works is Saturday.

In the village on Saturday, there will be a parade with bands, floats, Revolutionary and Civil War regiments, marchers, clowns and more. A children’s bicycle parade will begin at Knights 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 because of 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 – nonprofit organizations only – or helping with the activities should contact Nancy Head at 673-1389 or njhead@myfairpoint.net.

Merrimack

Merrimack’s annual Fourth of July parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the Mer­rimack Commons parking lot at 515 Daniel Web­ster Highway. The Parks & Recreation Department is promising "a spectacular lineup" of drum and bugles corps, marching bands and other entertainment. For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Depart­ment at 882-1046.

Brookline

Brookline will have its traditional parade, with line-up starting at 9 a.m. on South Main Street next to Pine Grove Cemetery. There will be fireworks at dusk at Lake Potanipo.

Family Fun Day, with free hot dogs and hamburgers and family-friendly games, will follow immediately at Brookline Ball Park on Francis Drive.

Volunteers are needed to blow up balloons at 9 a.m. at Town Hall.

Milford

Milford will have its Fam­ily Fun Day on Saturday at Keyes Memorial Park start­ing with a patriotic bike parade at noon at the skate park. Field activities will take place from noon-3 p.m. at the Keyes stage, hosted by disc jockey Dave Alcox.

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

There will be food con­cessions throughout the day, and music and fireworks will begin at dusk.

Bedford

Bedford has no July 4 events, but the town pool will be open that day.

Local towns celebrate July 4th in style

After he signed the Dec­laration of Independence, John Adams wanted Ameri­cans to go all out celebrating Independence Day.

New Hampshire towns typically 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.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be walking in the parade and stopping in the Village Green for a short while afterward, parade or­ganizer Nancy Head learned on Tuesday.

And ABC News told her former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, from South Caro­lina, will be there, as well.

But because candidates rarely commit in advance, she said, "At this point, who knows?"

The annual 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 Friday evening with fireworks sponsored by the Granite State Credit Union, hot air balloon rides for $7, free face painting, $1 rides on the Roaming Railroad, taiko drumming by Shin­Daiko, a concert by the Am­herst Town Band and food.

The rain date for the fire­works is Saturday.

In the village on Saturday, there will be a parade with bands, floats, Revolutionary and Civil War regiments, marchers, clowns and more. A children’s bicycle parade will begin at Knights 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 because of 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 – nonprofit organizations only – or helping with the activities should contact Nancy Head at 673-1389 or njhead@myfairpoint.net.

Brookline

Brookline will have its traditional parade, with line-up starting at 9 a.m. on South Main Street next to Pine Grove Cemetery. There will be fireworks at dusk at Lake Potanipo.

Family Fun Day, with free hot dogs and hamburgers and family-friendly games, will follow immediately at Brookline Ball Park on Francis Drive.

Volunteers are needed to blow up balloons at 9 a.m. at Town Hall.

Milford

Milford will have its Fam­ily Fun Day on Saturday at Keyes Memorial Park start­ing with a patriotic bike parade at noon at the skate park. Field activities will take place from noon-3 p.m. at the Keyes stage, hosted by disc jockey Dave Alcox.

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

There will be food con­cessions throughout the day, and music and fireworks will begin at dusk.

Merrimack

Merrimack’s annual Fourth of July parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the Mer­rimack Commons parking lot at 515 Daniel Web­ster Highway. The Parks & Recreation Department is promising "a spectacular lineup" of drum and bugles corps, marching bands and other entertainment. For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Depart­ment at 882-1046.

Bedford

Bedford has no July 4 events, but the town pool will be open that day.