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.