Wolfeboro's Independence Day parade promises to be the best ever
June 30, 2010
WOLFEBORO — With sunny weather forecast and a later start, this Sunday's Independence Day Parade promises to the best ever. Not only is the lineup of participants impressive, but this year the community celebrates its 250th birthday along with America's 234th.
Parade Marshall Harold Chamberlin of American Legion Post #18, sponsor of the parade, said the theme, "Wolfeboro's 250 Years or History and Patriotism," was chosen to recognize both the anniversary of the country's Declaration of Independence and the establishment of Wolfeboro.
Wolfeboro was named Nov. 14, 1759 for British General James Wolfe, who had two months earlier won the Battle of Quebec, turning the tide in the French and Indian War to England's favor. Unfortunately, Wolfe never knew he had a town named after him as he died from wounds sustained in that battle.
"As far as we know we are the only town or city in the world named after Wolfe," said Wolfeboro Historical Society President Jim Rogers. "It really is quite a honor."
"The 250th Anniversary Committee has some very special entries in the parade," said Chamberlin. Among them will be the Moodus Drum and Fife Corps from Moodus, Conn.
Sponsored by The Windrifter Resort of Wolfeboro, the Corps was organized in 1860 and is recognized as the oldest drum and fife corps in the country. Celebrating its own 150th birthday this year, the Corps' historic appearances include the dedication of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC in 1885.
Another special contingent in the parade, sponsored by Citizens Bank, will include folks dressed in period costumes from the mid 1700s representing Wolfeboro's Colonial Homecoming Days planned for Aug. 20-22. That August weekend will include a French and Indian War Encampment on Brewster Memorial Field in Wolfeboro.
Wolfeboro Democrats have promised a float with a birthday cake for Wolfeboro's 250th. The Hunter's IGA float, always a favorite, will feature a portrait of General Wolfe.
Also following the historic theme will be a Libby Museum float with a representation of Dr. Henry Libby. Paul Zimmerman will be on his Segway as usual, but this time he will portray John Tufton Mason, for whom Tuftonboro is named, instead of Uncle Sam. The Daughters of the American Revolution has promised to turn out in force.
The Johnsons and MacLellans will be back forming a marching flag with their outfits, and the First Night Wolfeboro puppets will be marching as well.
Chamberlin is also pleased to report that the Professional Firefighters Pipe and Drum Corps, always popular, will be returning, as will the Cate Park Band and Wolfeboro's own Offshore Ad-lib Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team.
Dave Bowers will also return to the parade this year with his famous calliope, drawn by a vintage Cadillac, and Wolfeboro Friends of Music will add the stirring music of John Philip Sousa to help the marchers step lively. The Cate Park Band will, as always lead off the parade's musical contingent.
"We're going to have more music than we've had in years," added Chamberlin.
The Kingswood Summer Theatre for Children is celebrating its 40th birthday by inviting all alumni to march with this year's members who will perform Alice in Wonderland in mid-summer.
The parade will step off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, from Lakeview Terrace on North Main Street and proceed through downtown and along South Main Street to the Brewster Academy entrance drive. The usual start time of 10 a.m. has been moved to 1 p.m. because the Fourth falls on a Sunday. Harrison Moore is this year's Parade Marshall, and he will be riding in a bright red 1999 Cadillac El Dorado.
This is one Fourth of July parade you will not want to miss.
Special thanks to Harold Chamberlin and Kathy Eaton, Chairman of the Wolfeboro 250th Committee. Both contributed to this article.