Fireworks, fanfare, 5-miler: Celebrate the Fourth

By Tanner Harding | Jun 30, 2017
Photo by: Tanner Harding

Fireworks will return to Silvershell Beach after a marathon fundraising effort, neighbors will compete in the Marion Horse Show, and runners will step off in the Mattapoisett Road Race as the tri-town celebrates America's birthday this weekend.

The community rallied earlier this year to support the Marion Fireworks Committee's Twenty from Many Campaign -- an effort to compel residents and visitors to donate $20 to the cause in order to raise the $40,000 needed to put on the show. With a $10,000 donation from Tabor Academy and many donations of varying sizes, the fireworks will go off on Sunday, July 2, at 9 p.m.

After not raising enough money for a fireworks display last year and a fervent campaign this spring, the excitement is exploding.

"We had some big donors and lots of donors came out and supported [the campaign]," Donna Hemphill of the Recreation Department said. "It was fantastic."

New this year at the fireworks will be vendors. So far Patrick Kelly, of Patrick's Candy, and Oxford Creamery have confirmed that they'll be at the beach selling goods to fireworks watchers, and the town is still working on confirming a few other vendors, Hemphill said.

Elsewhere in Marion, a different milestone will be celebrated: The annual Horse Show will mark its 70th year. The show begins at 8 a.m. at Washburn Park on Tuesday, July 4, and ends around 4 p.m.

The event features English, western, saddle seat, trail and miniature horse classes.

"Exhibitors come from as far as New Hampshire and Rhode Island [for the show]," organizer Hollie Danhauser said.

Additionally, Danhauser said this year's show will be dedicated to Ann R. Washburn, who was a longtime member of the committee and whose family created Washburn Park. She passed away in May at the age of 89.

Fancy a parade? Marion's annual Independence Day parade begins at 9 a.m. for spectators. Participants are asked to line up at 8 a.m. on the ball field behind the Marion Town House, adjacent to the Sippican School.

This is the first year the Recreation Department has done 100 percent of the work after taking over parade duties from the now-defunct Benjamin D. Cushing VFW Post last year.

"We're going to make sure we continue the tradition the VFW kept going for so long," Hemphill said. "That's important."

Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place in each category listed on the application. There is also a "Best in Parade" award.

If you'd like to celebrate the day by breaking a sweat – or by watching others break a sweat – the 47th annual Mattapoisett Road Race steps off at 9 a.m. at Shipyard Park.

The 5-mile course winds through Mattapoisett village, around Ned's Point Lighthouse, and returns to Shipyard Park at the town wharf.

In-person registration for the race can be completed at Shipyard Park on July 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. at a cost of $25, and on the day of the race from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for $30.

Proceeds from the race support college-bound Old Rochester Regional High School runners.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: lsblack | Jul 01, 2017 10:36

The Marion Town Band begins at 8:00 at Silvershell!

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