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June 26, 2014

Bracing for a happy Fourth

City's annual festival, fireworks next week

One of the city’s biggest celebrations of the year is right around the corner.

There will be music and dancing.

There will be carnival foods of all kinds.

Friends and neighbors will renew acquaintances on this summer night.

But the thing everyone looks forward to most will come at the end of the event — and organizers promise it will be worth the wait.

Haverhill will celebrate our nation’s independence on July 3 at Riverside Park with live music, dancing, food and the annual fireworks display, which draws thousands of onlookers from the city and surrounding communities.

The festivities will be behind Trinity Stadium and begin at 6 p.m. Rain date is July 5 at the same time.

Entertainment is by a Good Times DJ and several live bands.

Food vendors will be selling french fries, sausage sandwiches, fried dough, ice cream, fresh-squeezed lemonade, slush, hot dogs and other foods.

This year’s $15,000 fireworks display is by Atlas PyroVision Productions of Jaffrey, N.H., and will begin at 9:15 p.m. The show will last 21 to 22 minutes, a few minutes shorter than last year to allow for a bigger grand finale, festival organizers said.

This is the sixth year Atlas has been in charge of the fireworks and, as in past years, the company will offer up some three-dimensional displays, said Vincent Ouellette, director of recreation for the city.

“Atlas has a very good safety record, which is very important, and they are highly respected by the state fire marshal’s office,” Ouellette said. “They’re probably the biggest fireworks display operator in the area.”

Ouellette and other organizers urged the public to be aware that alcohol and pets are banned from the event. Bicycles are not allowed where people gather to watch the fireworks.

IF YOU GO

What: Fourth of July Celebration

When: July 3, 6 p.m.(rain date is July 5, same time)

Fireworks display: Begins at 9:15 p.m.

Where: Riverside Park, behind Trinity Stadium

Admission: Free

Bring: Blankets, lawn chairs, coolers and safe lawn game items

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