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June 30, 2013

WHAT A BLAST!

Independence Day events are busting out all over

Fourth of July means picnics, festivals, community camaraderie and, of course, fireworks.

Want to know where to go in your town or city for a real blast? Here are the highlights.

MASSACHUSETTS

Andover

Wednesday, July 3

Fireworks, dusk, over Andover High School, Shawsheen Road.

Thursday, July 4

Family fun in the park will be held at Bartlet and Chestnut streets, including:

Pancake breakfast presented by the Fire Department’s Relief Association, 8 to 11 a.m.

Jazz band, 8 to 10 a.m.

Horribles parade, 9:30 a.m. (Line-up begins at 9 a.m.).

Games in the park, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Middlesex Concert Band, 10:30 a.m. To noon.

Haverhill

Wednesday, July 3

A free festival is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. In the area of Riverside Park behind Trinity Stadium. Fireworks start just after 9 p.m.

Bring blankets, folding chairs and picnic meals, but no alcohol.

Enjoy music from a disc jockey and vendor food such as sausages, french fries and fried dough.

Rain date is July 5, same times.

Lawrence

Thursday, July 4

This Independence Day celebration will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at Lawrence Veterans Memorial Stadium, 70 N. Parish Road, culminating in fireworks. Highlights include:

Balloon wizard and balloon twisting.

Face painting, caricature artist, spin art.

Uncle Sam on stilts, juggling and a fire show.

Pony rides, pappy the clown, backyard games, raffles and DJ.

Ending with fireworks.

Rain date is July 5.

Also July 4

The 8th annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration will be held at Lawrence Heritage State Park, 1 Jackson St., at 11 a.m. Highlights:

Musical entertainment by 12-year-old Joey Grieve of Andover, the 2011 and 2012 Massachusetts Country Music Award Association Junior Entertainer of the Year, and patriotic singer.

Children’s games, entertainment by Spunky the Clown and face-painting.

Refreshments.

Flag-raising ceremony at noon, with singing of the “National Anthem,” brief oration by Massachusetts 5th District Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff, a short parade around the park with the Sixth Maine Regiment Artillery and a reading of the “Declaration of Independence.”

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