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Fireworks will light the skies for 95th time

Staff writer

In a little less than a month, Peabody will be celebrating its 95th annual July Fourth festival.

Three-dollar admission buttons are available from most local merchants. Event and committee leaders still are seeking volunteer help. And flags and bunting are beginning to take over the local landscape.

At its May 31 meeting, Peabody City Council discussed rules for shooting personal fireworks. Families will be allowed to discharge fireworks until midnight every night from July 1 to 4 at their own residences.

Events during the day July 4 will begin with Peabody-Burns Recreation Commission’s 5K run at 7:30 a.m. at the city park.

At 8 a.m., a sand volleyball tournament and horseshoe tournament will kick off, also at the park.

Beginning at 9 a.m., vintage and collectible cars will gather at the park for a daylong car show.

A flea market will be downtown this year, on sidewalks in the 100 block of Walnut St.

American Legion Auxiliary women will be host to furry, four-legged friends at 11 a.m. for an annual dog show in Santa Fe Park downtown.

Peabody Municipal Pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free swimming. Kids’ games will be offered in various areas of the park during the day. Peabody-Burns Recreation Commission will sponsor both of these events. A carnival will be set up in the park all day as well.

Peabody’s annual parade from the high school to the park will begin at 5 p.m., with line-up at 4 p.m. in the high school parking lot.

The 95th annual fireworks show, including the famed Battle of New Orleans, will begin at dusk.

Erik and JoLanna Barnes, Preston and Lisa Hodges, Brian and Lisa McDowell, and members of the Peabody Fourth Fest committee are in charge of the event.

Last modified June 9, 2016

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