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Happy Fourth of July!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012


John Adams was spot on when he wrote to his wife Abigail about Independence Day.  

"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." 

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Here in Central Mass, we live up to President Adams' expectations.  

From the annual Independence Day parade in Rutland to the annual Parks and Recreation event in Shrewsbury, to the fireworks in Millbury and Bellingham, Central Mass loves its liberty, its country and its heroes. 

Today we celebrate them all.  

Rutland Parade

With a theme of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," Rutland's 64th annual parade will head down Main Street beginning at 2 pm.  The parade, which features neighborhood and community entrants, is the culmination of four days of festivities.  State Sen. Stephen Brewer is traditionally on the last float in the parade, sponsored by the Rutland Fire Brigade. Stop by and see if the West Rutland Yacht Club can successfully defend its best in show title.  

Shrewsbury Parks and Recreation Event

The town of Shrewsbury will host their festivities at Dean Park on Main Street in Shrewsbury, July 4th from 12:00 - 4:00 pm.  The event will feature many family-friendly, fun activities including a decorated bike and doll carriage parade at 12:30 pm. Come and enjoy the music, face painting, games, and food vendors. Kids will love the inflatable moonwalks and amusement rides. What better way to celebrate this summer holiday.


If you didn't catch fireworks last night, and you're not planning on heading into Boston, both Millbury and Bellingham are sponsoring displays tonight.  Bellingham's will go off at 9 pm at the high school football field, 100 Blackstone Street.  Millbury will light up the sky at 9:30 at Windle Field.  


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