North Reading once had a reputation for its Independence Day celebration. For several years now, the Fourth of July festivities have been a distant memory.
Owner of Pearce Construction Warren Pearce was once the head of the Fourth of July Committee, when both the funds and volunteers were available. The holiday was celebrated at Ipswich River Park with fireworks, a bonfire, and rides for children. The fireworks alone can cost up to $10,000, but a show that large is not necessary.
“I severely miss the Fourth of July festivities,” said Rachelle Darcy, employee at Pearce Construction. “I grew up in North Reading, and it’s what we look forward to in the summer. Everyone I talk to misses it.”
Unfortunately, without the manpower and funds, the Fourth of July will be silent again this year in North Reading. But it is possible to make this year the last. In previous years, private donors funded the events. Some were interested this year, but the volunteers were lacking, said Darcy.
If you miss the fireworks and fun on the Fourth of July in town, tell us in the comment section below. Would you volunteer your time to help out and pull off a great Independence Day celebration?