Some traditional Independence Day celebrations return this weekend, while many others are still on hold amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
There won’t be any fireworks for the fourth at Marblehead, but the National Grand Bank is bringing back the traditional Horribles Parade on Sunday morning.
The parade will get off at 9am in the bank parking lot near the drive-through window and get off on School Street and down Essex Street, where it goes up to the visitor booth and then back on and around Pleasant Street. ends at the bank’s main entrance at 91 Pleasant St.
The 78th annual Horribles Parade outing in Swampscott is also scheduled, rain or shine. The event is sponsored by the Shaw Improvement Association.
Judging takes place approximately 15 minutes before the parade begins at 9:30 a.m., with a Swampscott police cruiser and fire engine running down Aspen Road (on Arbutus Road), Forest Avenue, and Lexington Circle.
In Salem, the city doesn’t hold its usual July 4th festivities either, but the traditional Declaration of Independence reading is still scheduled for 10 a.m. at Salem Common in the pavilion.
The Salem Common Neighborhood Association is co-hosting the event with the Salem Historical Society. Mayor Kim Driscoll will make introductory remarks, followed by Irene Axelrod, who reads the statement.
And in Danvers, the city and the Human Rights & Inclusion Committee are holding their 11th annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on Sunday, in person at 12 noon in the Rotary Pavilion behind the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St. Copies of the declaration will be available to all, who want to read along.
A patriotic boat parade will be held on Chebacco Lake, located in Hamilton and Essex, for another year.
Decorated boats meet in the bay near Centennial Grove at 10am on Sunday. Local residents who live by the lake are encouraged to take part in the parade or to watch and cheer from their docks. Mrs. Essex County will lead the parade. The Chebacco Lake & Watershed Association also awards a US $ 100 prize to the best decorated boat.
In Peabody, councilors and volunteers have their traditional neighborhood parties, although they might look a little different this year.
In particular, the party in Emerson Park in Ward 4 is planned for Friday evening instead of with a magic show, film, snacks and delicacies from 6 p.m. The other neighborhood parties take place on Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Raddin Park in. instead of Station 1, Welch School in Station 2, Connolly Park in Station 3, Lt. Ross Park in Station 5 and Symphony Park in Station 6.
More details can be found at www.peabody-ma.gov/city%20clerk/4THJULYWARDCELEBRATIONS2021.pdf.
But before that, the Beverly Human Rights Committee, Historic Beverly, the City Bureau for Diversity, Justice and Inclusion, and the Waring School are holding a public reading on Saturday morning of Frederick Douglass’ famous 1852 address: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? ” at Hale Farm, 39 Hale St. at 11 a.m. Afterwards there will be refreshments.
The annual Beverly Farms and Ryal Side Horribles Parades have been canceled, as have the West Beach fireworks.