READING - Reading 375 has been an enormously successful two-week celebration in honor of Reading’s 375th anniversary.

At this point, the celebration has included well attended opening ceremonies on the common, free concerts, a town-wide art show, an app-based scavenger hunt, public events celebrating our history, and the well attended Reading Rotary’s Taste of Metro North. The celebration draws to a close this Saturday, June 15, and the Reading 375 Steering Committee has saved the best for last.

Reading 375 Grand Finale

Saturday June 15

Friends of Reading Recreation Kids Fun Run

Registration starts at 9 AM; First race starts at 10 AM at the RMHS Track. Get the kids out of the house to burn off a little energy. This event is free. Kids Pre-Kindergarten and younger will participate in a 25-yard dash. Kindergartners will participate in a 100-yard dash. Students entering grades 1 – 5 will do a half lap of the track. Students entering grades 6 – 8 will complete a full lap of the track (approximately ¼ mile). You can save time by registering your runner ahead of time www.forr01867.org/funRunSignUp.html.

Reading Lion’s Club Friends and Family Day

Join us at the 16th annual Reading Lions Club Friends and Family Day at 10:30 a.m. at the Birch Meadow Field. Over the past 15 years, the Reading Lions Club has seen a tripling of the number of people who attend Friends and Family Day – and they expect this year to be the biggest event yet. Come out for food, crafts, games, giveaways, entertainment and to learn more about local organizations and businesses. It’s Reading’s official kick-off to summer – don’t miss it.

Reading 375 Dog Parade 2:30 PM Wood End School

Don’t let your dog be left out of the Reading 375 celebration. For the first time ever, Reading is celebrating our furry, four-legged residents with a town-wide dog parade. Whatever kind of dog you have, we want them to join the Reading 375 festivities!

The Reading 375 Dog Parade will include registration, group photos and interviews, and a parade around the soccer field. All dogs who register will be given a commemorative Reading 375 bandana to wear and keep. All dogs who participate must be licensed, up to date on their rabies vaccine, leashed, and accompanied by their owner at all times.

Registration is required for this event. Register online at reading375.com/dog-parade

Registration Fee: $10.

Important: By purchasing a registration you are certifying that your dog is registered in the State of Massachusetts and up to date on their Rabies Vaccine.

Grand Finale Evening Events Beginning at 6 PM

Birch Meadow

Food Truck Event 6 – 9 PM

Nobody wants to cook dinner on Grand Finale Day! No matter what you are craving, Reading 375 has your covered. Buy and eat your dinner at Birch Meadow. Every member of your family can choose what they want to eat – everybody wins!

The only problem you’ll have is choosing where to eat. We suggest coming hungry.

Here’s a list of participating food trucks:

Amigo Loco – Tex Mex deliciousness combining Texas-style BBQ meats with fresh ingredients

Metzy’s – A Taqueria on Wheels –outstanding specialty tacos and burritos

Chicken N Rice Guys – Bet you didn’t know chicken and rice could taste this, ridiculously amazing

Bon Me – Bold, unique, bursting-with-flavor Asian-inspired food

Sir Loin Catering – Mouth-watering meats served with top-notch sides

Cupcake City – A sweet local favorite – treat yourself

Kona Ice – Sweet, flavored shaved ice to cool down and cap off your dinner

Kid Dream Coffee – A caffeine jolt in the form of a great cup of coffee

Hot Air Balloon Rides

See Reading from a whole new perspective – aboard the RE/MAX Encore hot air balloon from 6-8 p.m. Tethered rides available. This event is weather dependent. Set up begins at 5:30 – come on down and see RE/MAX pilot Chris Mooney get the balloon in the air.

Live Music 7 – 9 PM

You’ve had your hot air balloon ride, and you’ve eaten some delicious dinner from the food trucks. Time to pick your spot for the fireworks. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. And don’t worry – you won’t be bored while you wait for the big show. Enjoy the Reading Community Concert Band and the Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus for live music that will keep the party vibe going. Go ahead – dance in the aisles.

Friends of Reading Recreation fireworks – 9 PM

It happens every year thanks to the hard work and generosity of Friends of Reading Recreation. This will be the grand finale of our town’s 375th anniversary. Two weeks of art, music, history, community, food, and fun come to a close. Keep your eyes peeled for a little something purple at the end in honor of Reading 375. Kick off your summer and close out Reading 375 in the most fun way possible!

Last Chance to Buy Reading 375 Merchandise

Grand Finale day is a perfect day to wear your limited edition Reading 375 t-shirt or Reading 375 pin with pride. If you haven’t purchased yours yet, commemorative Reading 375 anniversary t-shirts are still available for $20 at Reading Trophy and Shirt and RCTV Studios. Limited edition Reading 375 pins are available at Whitelam Books, Reading Cooperative Bank, The Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall, and RCTV Studios for $3.75. Get yours before they’re gone.

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