Getting a jump on the July 4th festivities, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) put on a family friendly event to celebrate Independence Day at the waterfront park, Saturday June 27th. Uncle Sam on stilts is always a hit during the kids parade around the park. Free American flags were handed out to all participants, who covered just about every age category. Popular performances were given by Jenny the Juggler, Peter the Magician, the Minions and the bubble guy. NEMPAC’s musical petting zoo and the New England Aquarium’s exhibits were two of the tables with kids activities. Lawn games such as the bean-bag toss, tic-tac-toe toss, and hula hoops completed the day to celebrate America’s birthday.