By Bill Cantwell
---- — It’s one of the biggest social events of the year in Haverhill, one which draws people from other communities. City residents and visitors come by foot, car and even boat.
The city’s annual Independence Day festival and fireworks display will be Wednesday night outside Trinity Stadium and near the Merrimack River.
Each year, thousands of people enjoy the event by coming to the festival or watching the fireworks from nearby locations such as the river bank in Groveland, across the river on Salem Street, and from boats on the Merrimack.
Here are the details:
:When: The festival will be from 6 to 9 p.m. The fireworks will start between 9 and 9:15 p.m. and last about 25 minutes.
Where: The area of Riverside Park behind Trinity Stadium. People can bring blankets, folding chairs and picnic meals. Alcohol is not allowed.
What: Besides the fireworks, festival-goers can enjoy music from a disc jockey and vendor food such as sausages, french fries and fried dough.
Rain date: July 5, same times.
Vincent Ouellette, human services director for the city and organizer of the festival, said that in past years as many as 10,000 people have watched the fireworks at the stadium and from nearby locations.
“Haverhill is known to have a good fireworks display, so people come from all around,’’ he said. “Riverside and Groveland people have family events that night so they can watch the fireworks together.’’
Ouellette said the city will have a strong police and firefighter presence at the event.