WAKEFIELD - The West Side Social Club and the Wakefield Independence Day hope you are planning to spend your day in Wakefield this 4th of July because we have an amazing day planned. Children’s events by the WSSC begin at 7:00am with the fishing derby, and will include a pet show, races, and more until the early afternoon. At 4:30pm the largest 4th of July parade in MA and the 2nd largest in New England kicks off on North Ave. with 20 bands and over 3000 participants from around North America including floats, veterans, costume characters, cars, jugglers, acrobats, and more! The parade ends at the review stand in front of the Civic Center. After the parade ends make sure to head to the Lower Common for a concert on the Band Stand by the Buckley Brothers Band and Dan Clark-The Singing State Trooper, followed by fireworks over the lake at 9:30pm, sponsored by the WSSC.

If you get hungry on the 4th please make sure to visit our shared official vendors on the common throughout the day. You will be able to get 4th of July favorites like burgers, sausages, drinks, and even lobster rolls! They will be set up throughout the day until after the fireworks and are helping to fund the day’s activities.

The 2018 WSSC Theme is Working Together for a Better World and the 2018 WSSC Honoree is former selectman Phyllis Hull, who passed away unexpectedly in the winter.

The 2018 Wakefield 4th of July Parade Theme is Happy Birthday! in honor of Wakefield’s name change anniversary from South Reading to Wakefield and America’s birthday. The 2018 Wakefield 4th of July Parade Grand Marshal is 32 year Wakefield Public Schools educator and retiring superintendent Wakefield Public Schools Dr. Kim Smith. The 2018 parade is being held in the memory of former WIDC board member, Marietta Schwartz who passed away in September.

Schedule

7:30am-10:30am: Children's Fishing Derby (ages 2-14 years): ages 2-14 years *under 12 must be must be accompanied by an adult. Registration begins at 7:00am at the Lower Common (WSSC)

8:30am: WSSC Pet Show. Registration begins at 8:00am: Upper Common (WSSC)

9:00am: WSSC Cart, Tricycle, and Scooter Parade. Registration begins at 8:30am: Upper Common (WSSC)

10:00am: WSSC Doll Carriage Parade. Registration begins at 9:30am: Upper Common (WSSC)

11:00am: WSSC Bicycle Parade. Registration begins at 10:30am: Upper Common (WSSC)

12:00pm: WSSC Diaper Derby (crawling race,) Children’s Races (Toddlers thru 12 Years old,) and Adult Races: Lower Common (WSSC)

1:00 PM WSSC Canoe and Kayak Races: Starting at the Head of the Lake to the Lower Common *under 18 years of age must be must be accompanied an adult (WSSC)

3:30pm: Roads begin closing for the parade

4:30pm-7:00pm: The 73rd Wakefield 4th of July Parade (WIDC)

7:00pm Buckley Brothers Band at the Band Stand (WSSC)

9:00pm Dan Clark – The Singing State Trooper at the Band Stand (WSSC)

Honoring Phyllis Hull at the Band Stand

9:30 PM Fireworks (WSSC)

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