Ferraris, food, fun and fireworks

NASHUA – Whether downtown for the area’s largest car show in the morning or at Holman Stadium for fireworks in the evening, residents celebrated America’s 242nd birthday across Nashua on Wednesday.

In the morning, about 100 cars of numerous makes, models and ages lined up on Main Street for the 12th annual Motor Mania event, sponsored by The Telegraph in partnership with Great American Downtown and the Nashua Parks and Recreation Department.

The event resulted in a closure of the portion of Main Street between Pearl and West Hollis streets from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., as spectators admired and judged the many cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. From Ferraris to antique Chevrolets, this year’s Motor Mania featured all sorts of vehicles.

The event also offered raffles, games, food and music. Vendors included Odd Fellows Brewing Co., Hazy Ice Cream, Uncle Benz Ice Cream, the Toasted Monkey Snack Shack LLC, Chez Rifiki’s, All-State Insurance and the U.S. Air Force.

However, as the day went on and votes were tallied, awards were given in 10 different categories including: Best Antique Car, Best Street Rod/Muscle Car, Best Sports Car, Best Classic Car, Best Foreign Car, Best Truck, Best Custom Car, Best Motorcycle,“People’s Choice” and Best In Show. Aside from the “People’s Choice” and best in show awards, trophies were awarded to the first and second place winners in each category. Trophies were handed out by The Telegraph Events Producer Autumn Williams, with newspaper Publisher Heather Goodwin Henline recognizing the winners. Once all of the trophies had been handed out, attendees filtered out, while participants fired up their engines to clear off of Main Street.

As engine enthusiasts and car junkies gathered on Main Street, other celebrations took place just around the corner at Holman Stadium. The Fourth of July Celebrations kicked off at 10 a.m. with a children’s field day featuring face painting, relay races, carnival games, magicians, caricaturists and more. Kids ran around left field of the stadium enjoying the range of activities available, with many of the children bouncing between tents with snow cones in their hands.

Later, from 6-8 p.m., The Slakas – Classic Rock Band played a concert prior to the Holman Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with the Nashua Lions Club at 8:10 p.m. After this, the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps played up until 9 p.m. when fireworks were launched into the sky above the stadium stands.

Looking upward from their seats, many attendees watched on as fireworks, bursting with color, illuminated the sky, one after the other. As the flare from the finale faded from the sky, attendees made their way to their cars, concluding another year of the city’s Fourth of July celebrations.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or