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Quincy celebrates Independence Day with parades, festivities

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 3, 2013 11:05 AM

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For Quincy’s City of Presidents, the Fourth of July represents the positive to the past, present, and future.

“The 3rd and 4th of July are my favorite holidays and I'll be celebrating with four generations of my family,” said City Councilor Margaret Laforest on her Facebook page.

Even John Adams enjoyed the holiday, writing to his wife, “The Fourth of July ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other. I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival," he said.

In keeping with tradition, a host of events will take place across the city during the holiday week. Check out this list for just some of the options:

July 3
·Houghs Neck, Wednesday, July 3, 11 a.m. Bike decorating at the Houghs Neck Community Center and a bike parade to Edgewater Beach

·Houghs Neck, Wednesday, July 3, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Family Fun Day at Edgewater Beach; games, races, sandcastle contest, arts and crafts, face painting, tattoos, a magic show, moon bounce and if you're not sick of getting wet - a dunk tank. Activities are free, but food and t-shirts will be sold for a nominal fee to help offset the costs of the event.

·Merrymount, Wednesday, July 3, 6 p.m. with the Freedom Road Race, registration 5:45 p.m. at main beach, nine divisions from under 8 to over 40. Bike parade, treasure hunt, egg toss, pie eating contest, awarding of the Marge Gibbons Scholarship and Miss Merrymount, music, entertainment and the canteen will be open.

Houghs Neck, Wednesday, July 3rd, evening. Fireworks and bonfires on area beaches.

July 4

·Merrymount, Thursday, July 4, 8:45 a.m. Junior Olympics at Perkins Field; running races, buddy races, wheelbarrow races and softball throw.

·Adams Shore, Thursday, July 4, 9 a.m. Flag Raising at O'Hara Circle, bike parade and awarding of Adams Shore Citizen of the Year.

·Gull Point, Germantown, Thursday, July 4, 10 a.m. Parade starting at Shed/Sargeant intersection proceeding to the Flag Raising at Gull Point Yacht Club followed by traditional games, races and cookout.

·Adams Shore, Thursday, July 4, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Cookout and games

·Merrymount, Thursday, July 4, 1 p.m. "Boston Strong" Theme Parade starts at Merrymount School and travels Agawam, Narraganset, Chickatabot, Norton, Sea, Samoset, Longwood, Moreland, Waban, Maypole, Squanto, Victoria and ending at Merrymount Beach for a flag raising ceremony and parade awards.

·Adams Carriage House, July 4, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Independence Forever: The Continental Congress. Become a delegate to the Second Continental Congress and reenact the passage of the Declaration of Independence. This interactive event is an invitation to adults and children to take part in the momentous occasion that John Adams recalled as the "great anniversary festival" that will be celebrated by "bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.

·Adams Carriage House, July 4, 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. The Reading of the Declaration of Independence. Join the delegates to the Continental Congress, celebrate liberty and lend your voice to the ceremonial reading of the Declaration of Independence!

·Adams Carriage House, July 4, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Traditional colonial games, crafts, fun family

·Adams Carriage House, July 4, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play
By Howard Ginsberg, A Revolutionary Dialog. Under the tent at the Beale House at 181 Adams Street, Quincy, witness a compelling dramatization of the extraordinary friendship between two American Presidents, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and Adams' "dearest friend" Abigail. Acclaimed Colonial Williamsburg reenactors Bill Barker and Abigail Schumann and veteran actor Sam Goodyear return to Peace field to bring to life the fifty-year friendship - often contentious, sometimes turbulent, and ultimately enduring - of this dynamic trio who hold forth on life, love, and loss in their now-famous correspondence.

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