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July 4, 2013

Families, friends flock to Fourth of July Festival for fun, fireworks


At around 7:30 p.m., the sound of bagpipes could be heard, as the kilted members of the Campbell Highlanders tuned up in the parking lot of the Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center. Then, after the sun dropped below the horizon, Atlas Pyrotechnics of Jaffrey, N.H., stationed at North Andover Middle School, lit up the sky with fireworks — undoubtedly the highlight of the evening for many of the hundreds who visited the Common last night.

The festival will continue today, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be plenty of amusements for children and lots of food. Music of the “easy listening” variety, according to Festival Committee member James Fazio, will be played.

Before the festival gets underway, the 4th of July Road Race will take place, with registration starting at 7 a.m. on the Common. A Kids Run, six-tenths of a mile around the Common, will start at 8 a.m. The 5-kilometer walk/run will begin at 8:30 a.m., while the 10-kilometer run will commence at 8:35 a.m.

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