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Holiday festivities kick off Wednesday night

July 2, 2013

File photo/Ernest A. Brown

There will be plenty of parades, concerts and fireworks this week in honor of Independence Day and it all begins Wednesday with Woonsocket’s annual 4th of July celebration at World War II Memorial Park on Social Street.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. with entertainment by Master of Ceremonies Jeff Gamache who will be crooning patriotic favorites and more.
At 7:30 p.m. the 10-piece Kickin’ Brass Band takes over to wow the crowd and a fireworks display will light up the skies around 9:15 p.m.
Event attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and or blankets.
The rain date is Friday, July 5.
“I want to thank local businesses and private donators for making this event possible,” said Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
Here’s a roundup of what’s on tap to honor the holiday:
CUMBERLAND
The Town of Cumberland’s annual July 4th event begins at 7 p.m. today at Heritage Park with music and games, the Great Ball Drop and fireworks at 9 p.m. The festival continues Thursday with a road race at 9 a.m. and a Fourth of July concert at 1 p.m. The festivities pick back up on Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m. with the Red, White & Blue Music Festival featuring several bands, face painting, street performers and a BBQ.
The 86th Annual Arnold Mills Parade will be held Thursday, July 4 at 11 a.m. on Nate Whipple Highway (Route 120) close to the North Attleboro town line.
The annual "Concert on the Green" will be held after the parade at 1 p.m. in front of the Arnold Mills United Methodist Church, 690 Nate Whipple Highway.
The parade will be preceded by the Arnold Mills Road Race, which begins at 9 a.m. from the North Cumberland fire station, 50 Arnold Mills Road.
FRANKLIN
Franklin’s July 4th Celebration kicks of today at 6 p.m. at the Town Common and ends Sunday at 5 p.m. The five-day event includes food booths and amusements, bands and contests and special children’s day events on Saturday. There are no fireworks this year.
BELLINGHAM
Bellingham’s Fourth of July Celebration will be held Thursday, July 4 at the Bellingham High School field with a concert at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
GLOCESTER
The 87th Annual Ancients & Horribles Parade steps off at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 4. The parade starts at the intersection of Routes 100 and 98 (Money Hill Road and Steere Farm Road) and ends at Acote's Field on Putnam Pike, Chepachet. There are two brand new parade day events this year, including a Battle of the Bands at 1 p.m. on the front lawn of the Chepachet Union Church, and a July 4th Kids Carnival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the parking lot behind Town Hall on Main Street. The parade will be preceded by the Glocester Recreation Department's traditional Fourth of July Road Race at 9 a.m. sharp on the grounds of the Chepachet Union Church.
ATTLEBORO
Attleboro’s July 4th celebration will be held Thursday, July 4 at Hayward Field, 73 North Avenue. The celebration begins at 7 p.m. with music by DJ Nate Adam and will feature the Coastline Show Chorus from 7-7:45 p.m.; and Big Nazo from 7:45-9 p.m. Fireworks display at 9:31 p.m. Rain date is July 5.
EAST PROVIDENCE
East Providence’s Independence Day Celebration will be held Friday, July 5 at Pierce Stadium, 201 Mercer St. Gates open at 6 p.m. The event will include a concert by classic rockers Crushed Velvet, followed by fireworks. Food and beverage concessions will be available. Rain date is July 6.
SEEKONK
A Thrill Show and fireworks display will be held Sunday, July 7 at Seekonk Speedway, 1710 Fall River Avenue. The event will include spectator drags, enduro and truck drags, figure eight races, powder puff races, and 50-lap ultimate enduro race. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. and races begins at 5 p.m. Fireworks after dark. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for children 6-12; and $1 for children 5 and younger.
PAWTUCKET
Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Avenue, is offering its "Staycation Days" promotion which includes discounted admission July 4-7.
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