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Friday, July 4, 2014

Concert, parade kick off Merrimack’s extended Fourth of July activities

MERRIMACK – The town’s Fourth of July parade was accessorized by raindrops, but the torrents drenching marchers assembling at The Commons shopping plaza lightened to a drizzle in time for spectators to collapse their umbrellas and enjoy a marching cavalcade of some 69 groups.

The parade progressed along Daniel Webster Highway to Town Hall on Baboosic Lake Road amid the cheers of hundreds of families, friends and visitors from other towns. Civic groups, Scouts, church groups, political campaigners and local businesses were among those represented. ...

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MERRIMACK – The town’s Fourth of July parade was accessorized by raindrops, but the torrents drenching marchers assembling at The Commons shopping plaza lightened to a drizzle in time for spectators to collapse their umbrellas and enjoy a marching cavalcade of some 69 groups.

The parade progressed along Daniel Webster Highway to Town Hall on Baboosic Lake Road amid the cheers of hundreds of families, friends and visitors from other towns. Civic groups, Scouts, church groups, political campaigners and local businesses were among those represented.

The Independence Day parade was preceded by a concert at Merrimack High School on Thursday evening. The concert featured patriotic tunes performed by musicians from the Merrimack Concert Association and the Merrimack Chorus.

The concert was moved indoors because of the forecast of rain; the concert is usually is held in Abbie Griffin Park.

The festivities on Friday began with a traditional pancake breakfast hosted by the Merrimack Rotary Club. The breakfast, held in the Merrimack High School cafeteria, was attended by around 700 people who enjoyed pancakes, sausages, coffee and diversions, including a robotics demonstration by Merrimack High School’s FIRST Robotics team.

Newly elected Rotary Club President Marge Chiafery said the breakfast raises funds for several of the annual projects backed by Merrimack’s Rotary members. This year, she said, the organization granted four scholarships, each of $1,500, to local seniors.

Chiafery thanked everyone attending, including Boy Scouts from Merrimack Troop 424. The Scouts assisted in many ways, from setup to cleanup.

This year’s Family Fun Day, sponsored by the Rotary Club, was rescheduled to Sunday. The event presents a wealth of attractions, vendors, games, face painting, an art contest and other activities based at the recreational fields alongside James Mastricola Upper Elementary School, 7 School St.

The Independence Day fireworks also are rescheduled, to 9 p.m. Sunday at Merrimack High School.

For more information about any of the Independence Day activities in Merrimack, visit www.merrimack4th.com.