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July 4, 2013

Independence Day Events

Here’s what’s going on in the area on Independence Day today.

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Andover

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

Winnekenni Castle will hold its annual Independence Day pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Fill your plate with flapjacks and more for only $3 per child or $6 per adult. Enjoy lawn toys and fun on the castle’s hillside, including children’s balloon art and bubbles with Doctor Goose.

There will also be a children’s coloring contest and decorated “anything-on-wheels” parade. Contest and parade participants should be complete and fully entered by 10 a.m. Line up for the parade is slated for approximately 10:20 a.m. Prizes for best decorated wheels and coloring champs will be awarded. For more information visit www.winnekenni.com.

Lawrence

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.

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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