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Celebrate Independence Day with parades and fireworks


July 01, 2010
REGION — The local towns offer lots to see and do around Independence Day. Here's a breakdown of holiday events and useful information:

Wakefield

The Town of Wakefield will have its third annual Independence Day Celebration tonight, Thursday, July 1 starting at 4 p.m. at the ball fields located off Wakefield Road (Route 153).

Admission is free, but donations would be appreciated, according to Wakefield Parks and Recreation Department. Events will begin at 4 p.m. and fireworks start at 9 p.m. The celebration includes: youth baseball games, local food vendors, live music, a petting zoo, and a bounce house. The main reason why the celebration is held on July 1 is because that day allows residents to participate in a local festivity without compromising their travel plans. Another reason is the town gets a better deal on fireworks before July 4, said Parks and Recreation Director Wayne Robinson. The rain date is Saturday, July 17.

Freedom

Freedom residents should remember that a new fireworks ordinance was passed last March at Town Meeting. It states that people are allowed to shoot off fireworks from June 30 to July 9 until 10 p.m. Other times fireworks are allowed include New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and the 24-hour period after the Red Sox win the World Series. Violators are subject to a $250 fine and might also be forced to pay restitution when appropriate.

Ossipee

The annual July 4 parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the junction of Dorr's Corner and Moultonville Roads. The route will go though Main Street and end at Town Hall. The rain date for the parade is Monday, July 5 at 9 a.m. There will be food, music, and fireworks viewing at Constitution Park from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Wolfeboro

The annual July 4 Parade will begin at 1 p.m. on July 4. It starts at Old Lake View Terrace and ends at Brewster Academy. The fireworks will begin at dusk. They are shot from Brewster Beach. The rain date for fireworks is Monday, July 5.

Tamworth

The annual July 4 parade will begin at 11 a.m. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m.

Effingham

There are no public celebrations on July 4, but the Effingham Firefighters Association is planning a Field Day on July 24 at fire station number two, located on Route 153.

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