MELROSE – The Melrose Recreation Department will host its Annual Fourth of July Bike & Carriage Parade around Common Park on Monday, July 4 at 10 a.m., with celebratory festivities to follow until 11:30 a.m.

Mayor Paul Brodeur and Director of Recreation Frank Olivieri invite community members of all ages to be creative and let their American spirit shine by decorating their bike, wagon, carriage, scooter, skateboard, or other custom ride and take part in the parade.

After the parade, the community is encouraged to stay and enjoy the fun activities planned for the entire family including free face painting, music, games, vendor offerings, and more.

“For the past 50+ years, the residents of Melrose have joined the City for our annual Bike & Carriage Parade around the Common,” said Mayor Brodeur. “This marks the first Fourth of July parade since I’ve been in office, and I am eager to continue this tradition and welcome the youngest Melrosians to their first parade.”

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. sharp at the intersection of 6th Street and Laurel Street and will proceed towards Laurel Street. Community members who arrive after 10 can join the end of the parade line at any time.

Residents are encouraged to walk or bike to the event as street parking in the area fills up quickly and are asked to be mindful of neighbor’s driveways and parking in legal spots.

“We are so excited to have the community back together celebrating Independence Day,” said Olivieri. “This is the first time that the event has taken place since 2019, which gives us a great reason to have fun. We are expecting to see some great decorating as we have in years past and hope to see a great crowd down at the Common.”

Later that evening, residents can continue to celebrate the Fourth of July with the community by heading to the Mt. Hood Park Association’s 35th Annual July 4th Concert taking place at 6:45 p.m. in front of the clubhouse at Mount Hood Memorial Park, 100 Slayton Road, Melrose. Community members will want to bring their family and blankets or chairs to listen to music in one of the most beautiful and pristine venues in Melrose. Festivities will begin with the Middlesex Concert Band providing music. Free popcorn and lemonade for children will be provided compliments of Golf Management Co as quantities last.

The concert will end with the traditional “Stars and Stripes Forever”, in which all children will be given free American flags to wave while marching in front of the clubhouse.

Parade schedule:

10 a.m. Parade begins (10 a.m. sharp!)

10:15 a.m. Event festivities begin

Face Painting, MusicGames, Activities, & Crafts11:30 a.m. Event ends