Hundreds of local residents and tourists from around the country came out on Saturday for the 4th of July Family Fun Day Celebration at Christopher Columbus Park organized by the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park. The special event kicks off a week of Tall Ships, Harborfest and War of 1812 Bicentennial commemorations on the waterfront.

Members of the US Coast Guard joined in the fun by leading a marching parade around the park complete with decorated bikes, scooters and even Uncle Sam on stilts! The North End Music & Performing Arts Center came in full force with Sherri Snow singing patriotic songs and NEMPAC Executive Director Becca Griffin leading the all-important face painting and musical instruments petting zoo with lessons by Jeremy Sarzana. Lawn games were also a big hit on the West Lawn.

Jenny the Juggler delighted the kids as did Big Joe the Storyteller and Magician Peter O’Malley. The big finale was a concert by the US Navy Band. The all-volunteer FOCCP would like to thank sponsors Boston Pushcart, Al dente Restaurant, Benevento’s Restaurant and Century Bank.

Group Shot – 4th of July 2012 Celebration Family Fun Day at Christopher Columbus Park

 

US Coast Guard with Uncle Sam at Christopher Columbus Park

 

4th of July Family Fun Parade at Christopher Columbus Park

 

Councilor Sal LaMattina with FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines and Uncle Sam!

 

It’s Navy Week – Jason and Greg of the USS Gravely, DDG107, helped Frankie Boyer pull the winning raffle tickets.

 

Robert Dello Russo, candidate for Suffolk County Clerk of Court Criminal Division (left), Chad Wolfson and son with FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines

 

FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines and Family lead off the parade as Jeremy Sarzana starts the marching drum.

 

The famous Sherri Snow sharing her musical talents with the crowd!

 

It’s a parade!

 

I bet this is the first time the US Coast Guard has marched with decorated scooters!

 

FOCCP Tall Ships & 4th of July Family Fun Day

 

Jenny the Juggler Leads Her Section of the Parade at Christopher Columbus Park

 

Patriotic Friends of Christopher Columbus Park Marching in Parade

 

Uncle Sam Raises the Flag to the Sky

 

US Coast Guard during National Anthem

 

Chris Watches Over the Festivities

 

Keeping in Line

 

FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines (right) and Family lead off the parade

 

Manning the Tent – Beverly and Trish

 

The Magician’s Parade Group Falling a Bit Behind!

 

Uncle Sam and Christopher Columbus

 

All the kids decorated their bikes!

 

Jenny the Juggler with the Kids

 

Becca Griffin (orange) Keeping the Beat at the July 4th Parade at Christopher Columbus Park while Meghan Denenberg leads the crowd with the US Coast Guard

 

Is it a monster? No, it’s just Uncle Sam on stilts!

 

NEMPAC’s Sherri Snow Sings God Bless America

 

Singing the National Anthem

 

US Navy Band Performs at 4th of July Family Fun Day at Christopher Columbus Park

 

Ring around the Rosie

 

Peter and Liz Representing the Friends of the NE Library

 

Fun and Games with Magician Peter O’Malley

 

US Coast Guard at Tall Ships Family Fun Day at Christopher Columbus Park

 

Peter O’Malley, Magician

 

Bubble Fun

 

Bubbles!

 

Facepainting by NEMPAC

 

On the drums

 

Jeremy Sarzana teaches at the Musical Instruments Petting Zoo

 

Friends – Terri and Ann

 

US Navy Band Performs at 4th of July Family Fun Day at Christopher Columbus Park

 

Playing with Jenny the Juggler on the West Lawn of Christopher Columbus Park

 

FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines with her grandson.

 

Michele Brogan and Marge Kunian

 

Jenny the Juggler captures attention

 

Group Photo at Tall Ships and 4th of July Family Fun Day at Christopher Columbus Park

 

Photos by Matt Conti. Download high resolution versions of these photographs for free and order prints/products here: http://smu.gs/N15S5I

 

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Congratulations to Joanne and all FOCCP members for making this a festive, fun and memorable start to the Fouth of July Celebration! Thanks to Matt Conti for capturing the essence of many memorable moments. Let freedom ring!!

  2. Matt, thank you for sharing your wonderful photos. My friend Merry turned me on to your celebratory display; your shots capture the fun. I'm borrowing two for my Facebook banner and profile (giving you credit, of course!) during this week of our Nation's Birthday. Happy Independence Day!

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