Holiday plans: Mitt Romney invited to march in N.H. parade, President Obama to celebrate daughter’s birthday

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his family have been invited to march in a Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, N.H., where they own a lakefront mansion, according to the event’s organizer.

Parade marshal Harold Chamberlin told the Globe Sunday that “there’s plenty of room if he shows up” but said he could not confirm a Washington Post report that the Romneys will participate. Chamberlin, who has overseen the popular vacation town’s parade for 17 years, said Romney was also invited last year but did not attend.


“So if I say ‘The Gov,’ as people call him here, is going to march and then he doesn’t show up, then I’ve shot myself in the foot,” Chamberlin said.

The Romney campaign did not respond immediately to a request for comment Sunday.

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The Independence Day parade would be part of a weeklong vacation for the Romneys in Wolfeboro, a quaint community on Lake Winnipesaukee, where the White House hopeful bought a 13-acre estate in 1997.

The getaway location has become part of Romney lore: It is the site of the Romney Olympics, an annual family athletic competition, and of a 2003 rescue by Romney and his sons of a family of six whose boat sank in the lake.

Also on the Fourth, President Obama will celebrate the 14th birthday of his older daughter, Malia. There are no public events on the president’s schedule.


The Obama campaign did not respond immediately to a question about the president’s summer vacation plans. The Obamas have vacationed on Martha’s Vineyard during each of the first three summers of his presidency.

Callum Borchers can be reached at callum.borchers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @callumborchers.
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