The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park held an Independence Day celebration in the park featuring a full day of fun family events on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Free activities included a parade through the park, led by Uncle Sam on stilts followed by entertainment from Big Joe the Storyteller, T-Bone the modern pied piper, Tanglewood Marionettes and Peter O’Malley the Magician. There were tables of fun from the New England Aquarium and NEMPAC’s popular instrument zoo. Leading the group in the national anthem was NEMPAC’s Christina Riccio. Boston Fire added to the fun bringing Ladder 1 and letting kids shoot the fire hose into the harbor. Lawn games were also a big hit on the West Lawn and Boston Animal Control was on hand to help educate dog owners in the park.
The event committee was co-chaired by FOCCP members Kathleen Tedesco and Laura Benvenuto. The group thanks its sponsors for the event: Al Dente Restaurant, Boston Pushcart, Benevento’s, Elite Boston Landmark Realty, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Marriott Long Wharf, and Sunstone Hotel Investors plus the FOCCP membership whose yearly contributions help fund this and other events.