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Fun, fireworks set for the Fourth of July

Franklin County area will observe the nation’s birthday with solemnity and celebration this year, with the biggest party in Greenfield.

Greenfield

On Friday, Independence Day will be commemorated by a solemn reading of the nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence. The Rev. David Levandusky of Living Waters Assembly of God church, along with Mayor William Martin, At-large Town Councilor Isaac Mass and others will participate at 9 a.m. in a reading of the Declaration on the Town Common.

On Saturday, before the evening fireworks light up the summer skies, the Recreation Department has set up plenty of Fourth of July entertainment, starting at 4 p.m. on Beacon Field.

The annual Independence Day Celebration kicks off with a variety of music. At 5:30 p.m., Tucker Connelly, an independent pop musician, will take the stage. At 6:15 p.m., Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks will follow. They are billed as a “roots rocking country music” band led by Wild Bill on the acoustic guitar and The Flying Sparks on pedal steel, lap steel, and electric guitars, stand-up bass, accordion, piano, banjo, mandolin, harp and drums.

From 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., the Zydeco Connection will play waltzes, two-steps and blues music. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. the Greenfield Military Band will perform. At 9:30 p.m., Jennie McAvoy will sing the National Anthem.

At 9:35 p.m., fireworks are scheduled.

Shelburne Falls

On Saturday, a parade will line up at 10:30 a.m. and will start at 11:30 a.m. near the Buckland Maintenance Department on Conway Street in Buckland. The parade will travel through the main portion of both Shelburne and Buckland and end at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School on Mechanic Street in Shelburne. The date of this parade was originally Friday, but was rescheduled.

The Shelburne Falls Cub Scouts (Pack 85) is organizing the parade. There will also be a Cub Scout’s Chicken Barbecue at the end of the parade along with a military band concert at the elementary school.

Amherst

The annual Independence Day festivities will be held at the University of Massachusetts on Friday. It will feature two carnivals, hot-air balloon rides, a pie-eating contest, music and fireworks.

Events begin at 5 p.m. in the fields behind Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Fireworks are scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m.

The celebration is organized by the Amherst Leisure Services and Supplemental Education department.

Parking is available for $5 near the stadium.

Conway

Conway’s Fourth of July parade will be on Friday on the Masonic Common. Participants will gather at 9:30 a.m. and the parade will begin at 10. It will travel along Main Street to the library, where Jack Ramey will play the keyboard. The parade will be held rain or shine.

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