Every Fourth of July, some brave the crowds at the Hatch Shell while others prefer the more laid-back atmosphere of a local parade. All celebrate the day that the Continental Congress
approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
In this photo from 1988, Tyson Weaver, 7, of Wenham had a tough time holding Fenimore,
his Dalmatian, in place at the judging area for large patriotic pets in a Fourth of July festival
at Patton Park in South Hamilton. He and his dog won first place.
Thea Breite and Lisa Tuite