Local Independence Day holiday events
July 3: Fireworks at Andover High School, at dusk
July 4: Family Fun in The Park:
8 to 11 a.m., Pancake Breakfast
8 to 10 a.m., Jazz Band
9 a.m., Horribles Parade line-up (front of Doherty Middle School)
9:30 a.m., Horribles Parade
10 to 11:30 a.m., Games in The Park
10:30 a.m.-noon, Middlesex Concert Band, sponsored by the Andover Firefighters Relief Association..
July 3: Annual Fourth of July festival, behind Trinity Stadium
6 to 9:15 p.m.: Music by a Good Times DJ, line dancing and dancing for children. Free family photo booths. Food vendors will sell a variety of items. Free admission. No alcoholic beverages or pets allowed.
9:15 p.m.: Fireworks display at the stadium.
July 4: Celebration begins at 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Winthrop Avenue; includes fire jugglers, pony rides, stilt walkers, domino games, clowns, face-painting and fireworks show at dusk rain or shine.
July 3: Nicholson Stadium; (Rain date: Thursday, July 5)
Live entertainment starts at 6 p.m. with Peking and The Mystics, Mill City Revival Band and The North Regional Theatre Workshop. Musically coordinated fireworks display at 9:15.
July 3-4: The festival, held on the Common in Old North Andover Center, will be spread over two days. The fireworks display will take place the night of July 3 at North Andover Middle School. The show will likely get underway at around 9:15 p.m., according to Jeffrey Coco, chairman of the Festival Committee.
The area immediately surrounding the pyrotechnics display will be cordoned off, so the best places for viewing the fireworks are the Common, along Route 125 near the middle school or North Andover High School.
From 5 to 10 p.m. July 3, there will be entertainment and food vendors on the Common. A beer and wine tent will be manned — and strictly regulated — by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2104 both days, Coco said.
A DJ, Russ McQueen, will provide entertainment.
On the 4th itself, crafters will be on the Common from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live bands will be playing and martial arts demonstrations will take place.
Pony rides will be offered both days, Coco said, as will children's amusements and carnival-style games.
The Cochichewick Lodge of Masons, 19 Johnson St., will serve a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on the 4th.
The Borderline Running Club is doing an unofficial run, starting at 8 a.m. Runners will line up in front of the Printing Museum, 800 Massachusetts Ave., and can choose between the 10-kilometer run and the 5-kilometer course, according to Chris Marshall, a representative of the club.