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June 26, 2014

Everyone should follow rules at July 4 festival

This is the best time of the year in Haverhill.

Boats are running up and down the river, some making their way to popular downtown restaurants and watering holes.

Those inner-city businesses are further supplied with patrons right around the corner, in apartments and condos that provide a ready-made customer base within easy summertime walking distance.

Plug Pond, the city’s public beach, is packed on hot days with families enjoying the cool waters and escaping the heat.

KidsFest recently drew record numbers of people at the event’s new venue at Kimball Farm. Families enjoyed all kinds of games and activities in the rural environment.

The kids are out of school and enjoying neighborhood playgrounds, where Haverhill has invested more than $1 million for improvements this year.

And then there’s the annual July 4 celebration.

The festival is next week at Riverside Park behind Trinity Stadium. It’s actually on July 3, with a rain date of July 5, to avoid interrupting family cookouts on the fourth. (See story, Page 1.)

The celebration is a great family time, with live music, dancing and carnival food — all capped off by the fireworks display.

People of all ages flock to the park, the stadium and spots nearby to take in the display, which will begin at 9:15 p.m. and last just over 20 exciting minutes.

It’s the kind of event which can send families home pleased and leave young children with fond memories of a happy time.

That is, of course, if everyone around them obeys the rules and doesn’t cause problems.

Organizers of the event have made it clear that alcohol and dogs are not allowed at the festival or fireworks show. Bicycles are also not allowed in areas where people gather to watch the fireworks. Organizers have said there will be a strong police presence at the event.

It is vitally important that everyone obey the rules.

Even if just one or two people step out of line, the event can be ruined for many.

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