July 4th Happenings

The celebration in Tri-Town of our nation’s 241st year of independence is indeed enhanced by the rousing revival of the Marion fireworks after the unyielding efforts of the Marion Fireworks Committee, et al.

Sure, it looked grim come March when the $50,000 goal might as well have been a million, but with a community effort the goal was attained in the nick of time.

Having established that, Marionites and those within proximity to Marion will enjoy, quite frankly, one of the best fireworks displays in the county on Sunday, July 2, nice and early at 9:00 pm. The best place to watch them is from Silvershell Beach, but anywhere along Sippican Harbor will offer up plenty of oohs and aahs.

On Tuesday, July 4, traditions continue in Marion and Mattapoisett with the annual Marion Fourth of July Parade, the Marion Horse Show, and the Mattapoisett July 4th Road Race.

The Marion parade starts at 9:00 am at the town house ball field, heading east on Main Street to Spring Street, heading north to Route 6, then east to Front Street, and back south to Main Street returning to the ball field. Awards for best floats will be handed out on the steps of the town house following the parade.

The Marion Horse Show, now in its 70th year, kicks off at 8:30 am and goes on until around 4:30 pm at Washburn Park off Front Street.

Come out for the Mattapoisett Road Race, whether you run, walk, or just come to cheer on your friends and neighbors, beginning at 9:00 am at Shipyard Park. The race winds through the historic village of Mattapoisett, looping around Ned’s Point Lighthouse and making its way back to the Town Wharf. The proceeds benefit college-bound ORRHS runners. More information can be found at www.mattapoisettroadrace.com.

If it’s more fireworks you’re after on July 4, New Bedford will hold its July 4th fireworks spectacular over the New Bedford/Fairhaven Harbor starting at 9:00 pm. In Plymouth, the fireworks over the Waterfront start at 9:00-ish.

We at The Wanderer wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July, and when you see us ‘wandering’ around, smile for the camera and be sure to read The Wanderer because you just might be in it!

By Jean Perry


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