The is striking up some good old American fun to celebrate our country’s 235th birthday.
On Monday, the Community House and will play host to the annual “Two Town Fourth” event from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Community House Board of Directors member Jeff Bird hopes for a good turnout at the event - similar to what they saw at at the beginning of June. Bird is also thrilled that the Community House has the opportunity to be a part of Hamilton-Wenham’s Independence Day celebration.
“(In) our mission statement is the mandate to ‘preserve the spirit in which the building was originally given, to honor those who have served our country in the armed forces,’" Bird said. "The Directors feel that to sponsor a celebration on July 4th, the date on which the embattled framers of this great country declared their independence from Great Brittan.....(and) has come to be recognized as the birthday of the greatest nation in the history of mankind, fulfills that directive.”
The event gets off to a bang with a bicycle parade for residents of all ages. The participants in the parade will leave the led by “Ms. Community House” Jeanne Maurand and the Hamilton Fire Department at 11:45 a.m. until they arrive at the Patton Park tennis courts. Bikers are encouraged to decorate their bicycles in patriotic fashion.
Once the procession has ended, opening remarks will be given in the Patton Park gazebo by Joanne Paton in reverence to the servicemen and women who have given their lives in sacrifice for independence.
From there, the event is jammed with Fourth of July-spirited activities and competitions for kids from beginning to end. Activities include: sack races, three-legged races, balloon stomp and the always popular egg toss. Free face painting and a series of blow-up activities provided by Topsfield-based All About Fun Co. will be happening throughout the day.
The Rotary Club will be manning the traditional “American Barbeque,” which includes a fare of burgers and hot dogs.
A full schedule of events is provided in the picture associated with this story otr can be found on the Community House's website.