WILMINGTON, MA — On Monday night, the Wilmington Select Board heard an update from the Pat Giroux, Chair of the Wilmington Fourth of July Committee, on the town’s upcoming “Fun on the Fourth” celebration.
“This year, the Fourth of July Committee is pleased to announce the return of our 40th celebration,” began Giroux. “Events are slated for Thursday, June 30 through Sunday, July 3. The 26th Annual Family Day will take place on Saturday, July 2.”
“Our big night, dedicated to veterans and service members, which include our big fireworks display, will be held on Sunday, July 3, with a rain date of Monday, July 4,” continued Giroux. “We are very excited this year to bring back the Family Day Fireworks on Saturday, July 2.”
“One of the most exciting things is the return of our Food Court, which a lot of non-profits and the community groups benefit from,” added Giroux. “The last couple of years, with COVID, has certainly been difficult. We haven’t been able to present the celebration and, as a result, a lot of those community groups took a hit. They relied on the Fourth of July for much of their fundraising endeavors.”
Giroux noted the Committee will adding a few new elements to the celebration this year, including an antique car show. The carnival will, of course, return.
“We have a couple of large signature events, and a lot of our small traditional events, as well as live music on the Common each evening,” concluded Giroux. “We have a couple of community groups that will be presenting meals on the Town Common. More details to come when the schedule is released in the next week or so.”
The Select Board and Town Manager praised the work of Giroux and the Fourth of July Committee in planning this year’s event.
“There is year-round preparation for this big week. Thank you and your committee for your hard work,” Select Board member Greg Bendel told Giroux. “It’s the highlight of the summer. Everyone is looking forward to it. It’ll be extra special this year. Sometimes you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. We’ve really missed it.”
“[The Fun on the Fourth] is an incredible tradition that has unfortunately run into a bit of a roadblock over the past couple of years,” added Town Manager Jeff Hull. “With [Giroux’s] leadership and the many volunteers that are off-stage, we’re looking forward to a good event.”
The Select Board approved three motions per the request of the Fourth of July Committee:
- allowing the Committee to use the Town Common and Swain Green for the festivities
- granting Cushing Amusements (the carnival vendor) a necessary entertainment permit to operate on Sunday
- prohibit hawkers, peddlers and transient vendors from selling within a half mile of the Town Common during the Fun on the Fourth as to not impede with the fundraising efforts of the community groups in the Food Court.
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