July Fourth parade downsized


Wakefield’s annual Independence Day parade will be scaled back this year. The parade, which often lasted as long as three hours and featured many out-of-town bands and floats, will change to a much smaller, local parade, to be known as the Fourth of July Hometown March, according to Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio. The direction of the parade is also changing: Instead of going from North Avenue to the Americal Civic Center, it will proceed from the civic center to the Lower Common. Maio said the changes follow the recent disbanding of the Independence Day Committee, which had run the parade since its inception 19 years ago. Starting this year, the parade will be organized by the West Side Social Club, which has managed the other communitywide Fourth of July events, including family activities and musical entertainment on the common, and the fireworks show. The club will continue to offer those other events. The parade will be held at 5 p.m., with patriotic entertainment and music on the common featuring the Tony Barrie Band, the James Montgomery Band, and Dan Clark, the “Singing Trooper,” all leading up to the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of