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Towns plan July 4th events

There will be several Fourth of July celebrations in the area this year.

Thursday, Conway

The town’s 250th Anniversary Celebration Committee is holding the first Conway Chesbro Challenge to raise money for the town celebration in 2017. The wacky version of a baseball game will be held at the recreation field behind the Town Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine, the game, featuring all manner of balls and bats in no particular order, will go on as scheduled.

The town’s annual 4th of July Parade will step off at 10 a.m behind the Conway Fire Truck-march down Main Street to the library steps. A musical program of patriotic songs will be led by Jack Ramey on the keyboard. There will be some young people performing solos.

Thursday, Greenfield

There will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the Town Common. It is the second annual event organized by Greenfield minister David Levandusky. Mayor William Martin and other community members will attend.

Thursday, Deerfield

There will be a free band concert put on by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association in Old Deerfield.

At 3 p.m. The Westmoreland Town Band will play at the Deerfield Community Center at 16 Memorial St.

Thursday, Amherst

The town’s Independence Day party begins at 5:30 on the fields behind the UMass McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Music, games, entertainments, food. Culminates in fireworks at 9:30.

Saturday, Greenfield

There will be a Fourth of July celebration at Beacon Field. Starting at 4 p.m., there will be mixed music, entertainments and foods. Until 9 p.m., there will be performances by the Devlin Miles Band, the Greenfield Military Band, and Zumba with the Body Shoppe. At 9:35 p.m., the annual fireworks display is scheduled. Rain date is July 7.

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