Published in the June 21, 2017 edition

WAKEFIELD — The West Side Social Club 4th of July Committee is pleased to announce this year’s theme for the annual children’s events held on the morning of July 4. A different theme is selected yearly for the children to decorate their tricycle, bicycle, scooter, cart, or doll carriage and participate in the early morning parades around the upper Veterans Memorial Common.
This year’s patriotic theme: USA – United We Stand.
The children’s events will take place in the morning hours on Tuesday, July 4, starting with the Fishing Derby and following through with the traditional Pet, Doll Carriage, and Tricycle-Bicycle-Cart Parades, as well as the running races, and canoe-kayak races across Lake Quannapowitt.
“Each year we look forward to seeing the wonderful displays of patriotism at the children’s events” said a spokesperson. “We are thrilled this annual event is right around the corner and are always amazed at the creative imaginations from the children who have decorated their entry to participate in the parades!”
(See detailed information below for times for the entire day’s events.)
In the evening, at 7 p.m., the “Concert on the Common” will feature the very talented Buckley Brothers Band, bringing an array of all time great music for everyone to enjoy before the grand finale!
As usual, patriotic tunes will entertain the crowed just before the start of the fireworks. “This year we are pleased to announce that Dan Clark, the Singing State Trooper will once again perform for the crowd” said the spokesperson. “Ending the musical segment of the event with patriotic songs before the start of the fireworks brings the true meaning to the Fourth of July”.
As the finale, the spectacular fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting) over the shores of Lake Quannapowitt. Atlas Pyrotechnic has again been hired to provide the show and the WSSC is looking forward to giving the townspeople a show to remember. “The fireworks display has once again been upgraded” said the spokesperson, “so be prepared for another show that will be long remembered as the best in the Town of Wakefield!”
“There will be food concessions available all day and we encourage everyone to come down and enjoy some of the various foods from the vendors” added the spokesperson. The vendors are a combined effort of the WSSC 4th of July Committee and the Wakefield Independence Day Committee that will be located on both the upper Veterans Memorial Common and Lower Common.
“We are happy to provide a full day of family entertainment on the fourth” concluded the spokesperson. “And we are truly looking forward to seeing you throughout the entire day in celebration of this year’s Fourth of July!”
2017 Theme: USA – United We Stand
• 7 a.m.: Registration for Fishing Derby, Lower Common **
• 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Children’s Fishing Derby for ages 2-14 years. Those under 12 must be must be accompanied by an adult.
• 8 a.m.: Registration for Pet Show, Veterans Memorial Common
**8:30 a.m.: Pet Parade Begins**
• 8:30 a.m.: Registration for Cart, Tricycle and Scooter Parade, Veterans Memorial Common
**9 a.m.: Cart, Tricycle and Scooter Parade Begins **
• 9:30 a.m.: Registration for Doll Carriage Parade, Veterans Memorial Common
**10 a.m.: Doll Carriage Parade Begins**
• 10:30 a.m.: Registration for Bicycle Parade, Veterans Memorial Common
**11:00 a.m.: Bicycle Parade Begins**
• 12 noon: Diaper Derby, a crawling race: Lower Common (babies not yet walking only)
Followed by Children’s Races
**Toddlers thru 12 Years old and Adult Races**
1 p.m.: Canoe and Kayak Races. Start at the head of the Lake across to the Lower Common.
Under 18 years of age must be must be accompanied an adult**
All Events are Weather permitting
**In the event of passing showers, events may be delayed till showers pass
**Prizes and Trophies are awarded at the end of each event
7 p.m.: Buckley Brothers Band
9 p.m.: Dan Clark – The Singing State Trooper
**Words about 2017 Honoree ~ Tom Collins
9:30 p.m. FIREWORKS!!! **Event ends immediately after Fireworks Display