Published in the July 6, 2015 edition

FLAG DANCERS from the Spirit of America Marching Band perform in front of the parade reviewing stand at the Americal Civic Center on Independence Day. (Mark Sardella Photo)

FLAG DANCERS from the Spirit of America Marching Band perform in front of the parade reviewing stand at the Americal Civic Center on Independence Day. (Mark Sardella Photo)

WAKEFIELD — The town celebrated Independence Day 2015 the way it wants to Saturday, with morning contests and parades for children, the return of the afternoon parade, a rock concert and, last but certainly not least, a grand fireworks display over Lake Quannapowitt.

The parade — organized by the Wakefield Independence Day Committee — stepped off at 4:30 p.m. from Quannapowitt Parkway, heading south down North Avenue to Church Street, where the procession turned toward the Lower and Veterans Memorial commons. The procession then went south on Common Street to Main Street, traveling through the Square to the reviewing stand set up in front of the Americal Civic Center. The parade ended at the Galvin Middle School, named in honor of John Rogers Galvin, a four-star Army general from Wakefield.

This was a return to the route the parade has taken since the early 1990s. Prior to that, the procession snaked through narrow but extremely welcoming West Side neighborhoods before getting out onto the main streets to the reviewing stand at the Americal.

Before and after the parade, the West Side Social Club’s Fourth of July Committee sponsored a fishing contest, children’s parades, races, concerts and the fireworks.

Prizes and trophies were awarded at the end of each West Side Social Club event. The winners appear on Page 3 of today’s newspaper.

The fireworks began right on time at 9:30 p.m. and lasted close to a half hour. Streets were jammed with parked cars and people in the hours before and the minutes after the display.

The West Side Social Club manned a concession stand on the Common for a good portion of the day. Proceeds from concessions go toward paying for the various events put on by the club’s Fourth of July Committee.

In 2015, the West Side events were being put on in the memory of Past President Dan Curran, who passed away last November, and club member Fred Martin, who passed away in June 2013.

The theme for this year’s children’s events was “Gold Star Family — We Honor Your Fallen.”

After a two year absence, the Wakefield Independence Day Parade returned to cheering crowds impressed with its size and the quality of the performers.

The line of march was as follows: Wakefield Fire Department; other municipal fire departments; antique fire apparatus; Wakefield Department of Public Works


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Board of Selectmen

Grand Marshal Bill Chetwynd

Wakefield Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Honor Guard

Kevin Barry Pipes and Drums

5th Massachusetts Regiment

West Side Social Club Float

Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps – Nashua, New Hampshire

Representatives Donald Wong and Paul Brodeur

Float #2

Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps – Seymour, Connecticut

Wakefield Youth Lacrosse

Dick Bayrd Native American

Cadets Sr. Drum and Bugle Corps – Allentown, Pennsylvania


Float #3

Military Vehicles and Antique Cars

Hawthorne Cabelleros Drum and Bugle Corps – Hawthorne, New Jersey

Collings Foundation Armored Military Vehicles


Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps – Mount Holly, New Jersey

Float #4

Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps – Casper, Wyoming

Float #5

New Liberty Jazz Band

Reading Community Band

Clowns of America


Tony Barrie Band – Saugus, Massachusetts

Natalie Joly

Float #6

Prime Time Brass – New York

Magic Man

Float #7

Baltimore City Police Marching Revels – Baltimore, Maryland

Float #8



Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps – Fort Mills, South Carolina

Aleppo Shriners – Wilmington, Massachusetts

Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps – Allentown, Pennsylvania

Float #9

Lake City High School Marching Band – Lake City, Minnesota

Float #10

Spirit Of America Marching Band – Orleans, Massachusetts