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Celebrate the 4th of July in North Reading Today

Here is the schedule for the Fourth of July festivities in town today.

For the first time in several years, North Reading is holding a Fourth of July celebration. The festivities will take place at  starting at noon.

Park at the , and then the  when the high school lot is full. A complimentary bus service will take you from the schools to the park in the afternoon. There will be handicapped parking on site.

Here is a schedule for the day:

Noon to 8 p.m.: Attractions and vendors are open for business

Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Bike, doll carriage and pet parades

1 to 3 p.m.: Pony rides

1 to 1:30 p.m.: North Reading Community Chorale

1:30 to 2 p.m.: North Reading School of Ballet

2 to 4 p.m.: Alpha & Omega music showcase

4 to 5 p.m.: Crazy Jane

5 to 5:30 p.m.: DJ Phil Carbone

5 to 8 p.m.: RE/MAX hot-air balloon

5:30 to 6 p.m.: Project 28 (youth band)

6 to 6:30 p.m.: Opening ceremony/Selectmen Chairman Sean Delaney

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Boston Horns

8:30 to 9 p.m.: DJ Phil Carbone

9 p.m.: Fireworks 

At the event, you will have the opportunity to buy pulled pork from the , salad from , pizza from the , chicken wings and chili from the , , shaved ice from a food truck, fresh-squeezed lemonade, fried dough, strawberry shortcake and more. Crafters will be selling scented soaps, pottery, jewelry and other hand-made items.  

According to the Bring Back the Fourth Committee Chairman Fred Chalmers, the event is still not "fully funded." The committee is hoping to take donations up to and after the event to pay their bills. If you would like to make a donation, mail your check, made out to NR 4th of July, to NR Bring Back the 4th, PO Box 653, North Reading, MA, or donate online.

The rain date for the event is Saturday, July 7.

Les Masterson (Editor) July 04, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Thank you to Fred and all the volunteers for bringing the Fourth back to NR!
Kathy July 05, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Yes, a big thank you!!!!
Kevin July 05, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Does anyone know if the fireworks are cancelled or rescheduled after the thunderstorm tonight???
Fred Chalmers July 05, 2012 at 03:44 AM
We will be discussing our options tomorrow and will post an update here on Patch as well as on our website www.nrbringbackthe4th.org as soon as we reach a decision. Stay tuned.

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