Fun events planned to celebrate Fourth of July in Merrimack

Several evens are being planned in conjunction with Merrimack’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

They include:

Family Fun Day art and photography contests

The Rotary Club of Merrimack announced art and photography contests will be held at the annual Family Fun Day on July Fourth.

Artists and photographers are encouraged to submit work that is framed and ready to hang with wire. Works should not exceed 24 inches by 30 inches with frame.

Entry forms are available at www.merrimack4th.com/contests.html.

Pieces should be brought to the Arts & Crafts Tent on the grounds of Mastricola Elementary School anytime before 1 p.m. Monday, July 4. Voting for awards will take place throughout the day by popular vote, awards will be announced after 7p.m. July 4.

In addition to the adult art and photography competitions, children will have the opportunity to create their own art on the day of the event.

At the arts and crafts event, children will be encouraged to create watercolor paintings that demonstrate their favorite things about the Fourth of July. This event will take place from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.

After the event, the awards will be decided by popular vote. First prize for each adult and child age group will be a $25 gift certificate.

For more information about July Fourth Family Fun Day, the pancake breakfast and/or to volunteer and become a sponsor, visit www.merrimack4th.com. Become a fan of "Merrimack 4th" on Facebook and Twitter, too.

For a full schedule or to contribute, visit www.merrimack4th.com and follow "Merrimack4th" on Twitter. If you’re interested in participating and/or to reserve a space, email Neil Anketell at info@merrimack4th.com.

Merrimack Sparkler 5K and Kids Run

Get your July 4 celebration off to a great start this year while at the same time supporting the Merrimack High School and Middle School girls and boys cross-country and track programs by signing up for the 19th annual Merrimack Sparkler 5K and Kids Run.

The race was founded by the Merrimack Road Runner Boosters in 1998 and is one of the oldest continuous Fourthth of July races in New Hampshire. This year’s race returns to the original 5K course now that the reconstruction of the Manchester Street Bridge over Harris Pond has been completed.

The race will start at 8 a.m. at the Merrimack YMCA. It is sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports, 4 Coliseum Ave., No. 2, Nashua.

The race will feature a new race logo design by Merrimack High School student Morgan Chantler, as well as Sport-Tek race shirts with the new logo. Shirts will be limited to the first 200 entrants.

All proceeds support the schools’ cross-country and track programs.

Booster Club President Kristin Carillo said the race will include a free kids run at 7:45 a.m.

"The kids race is open to kids of all ages and consists of two loops around the YMCA field," or .25 miles, Carillo said. "All participants will receive their very own finishers medal."

Sign-ups can be done at www.Sparkler5k.com, the Merrimack Road Runners Boosters’ website or at 3C Race Productions. Race forms can also be picked up at race sponsor Fleet Feet Sports.

For more information, email race director Mike Merra at m.merra@gmail.com.

Merrimack Rotary pancake breakfast

The Rotary Club of Merrimack will serve its annual Fourth of July pancake breakfast on Monday, July 4.

Fluffy pancakes, sausages, juice and hot coffee will be served from 8-11 a.m. at the Merrimack High School cafeteria, 38 McElwain St. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $4 for children 3-12 and free for children younger than 3.

For more information about the July Fourth Family Fun Day or the pancake breakfast, and/or to volunteer and become a sponsor, visit www.merrimack4th.com. Become a fan of "Merrimack 4th" on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Founded in 1971, the Rotary Club of Merrimack is a volunteer organization of business people and professionals supporting the community. Merrimack Rotary projects have included the Roger Duhamel Pavilion at Watson Park, scholarships, reconstruction of Kids Kove Playground, support for Merrimack flood relief, the Merrimack July Fourth festivities, the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest, Interact Club and lighting at Reeds Ferry fields and more.

To RSVP for a breakfast meeting or for more information about membership, contact Chris Christensen at 424-2542 or Chris@ChristensenNH.com, or visit www.merrimackrotary.org.

Win a fire rngine ride during July 4th parade

In cooperation with the Merrimack Fire Rescue Department, the Rotary Club of Merrimack is offering an opportunity to ride in a fire engine in the July Fourth parade – ring the bell, blow the horn and siren, and wave to your friends and neighbors from the loudest and best seat in the parade.

The raffle drawing will be Saturday, July 2, and the winner will be notified by phone, so be sure to list a number where you can be reached on July 2.

The winner gets three seats on the fire engine. A child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Riders must understand and agree that, in the event of an emergency, they could be dropped off at any point along the parade route so the engine company can answer the call.

Raffle entries are $2 each and may only be purchased at www.merrimack4th.com.

The July Fourth Family Fun Day is a day of fun, games, entertainment and food. For a full schedule or to contribute, visit www.merrimack4th.com and follow "Merrimack4th" on Twitter.

If you’re interested in participating and/or to reserve a space, email Neil Anketell at info@merrimack4th.com.