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.

 Posing with Christopher Columbus and Uncle Sam to celebrate Independence Day
Posing with Christopher Columbus and Uncle Sam to celebrate Independence Day
 Yes, it
Yes, it’s a July 4th parade
 Coming around the bend at Christopher Columbus Park
Coming around the bend at Christopher Columbus Park
 FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines
FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines
 Sneaking past Uncle Sam
Sneaking past Uncle Sam
 Cheering crowd at the park celebration
Cheering crowd at the park celebration
 Singing the national anthem
Singing the national anthem
 Through the legs of Uncle Sam
Through the legs of Uncle Sam
 Jeremy Sarzana keeps the drum tradition going
Jeremy Sarzana keeps the drum tradition going
 Joanne Hayes-Rines leads the parade with her granddaughter
Joanne Hayes-Rines leads the parade with her granddaughter
 Almost near the end
Almost near the end
 Jenny the Juggler entertains at Christopher Columbus Park
Jenny the Juggler entertains at Christopher Columbus Park
 Rose carrying her side of the parade
Rose carrying her side of the parade
 Former FOCCP Trustee Meghan Denenberg
Former FOCCP Trustee Meghan Denenberg
 Celebrating Independence Day
Celebrating Independence Day
 Singing God Bless America
Singing God Bless America
 Parade crowd on Atlantic Avenue
Parade crowd on Atlantic Avenue
 Uncle Sam knows the moves
Uncle Sam knows the moves
 Pulling up the rear in the Independence Day parade
Pulling up the rear in the Independence Day parade
 Huge crowd, of all ages, at the 2015 Independence Day Celebration
Huge crowd, of all ages, at the 2015 Independence Day Celebration
 Lots of fun at the Independence Day parade
Lots of fun at the Independence Day parade
 Juggling under Uncle Sam
Juggling under Uncle Sam
 FOCCP star, Meghan Denenberg
FOCCP star, Meghan Denenberg
 Uncle Sam on stilts
Uncle Sam on stilts
 Rounding the corner at Christopher Columbus Park
Rounding the corner at Christopher Columbus Park

Photos by Matt Conti.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you, Matt, for covering this day. It was by far, one of the best celebrations we’ve had to date. Many thanks to all who showed up. Here’s hoping all the adults and kids had as much fun as the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park volunteer’s did making it happen.
    Kudos to Ann Babbitt, our vice president, and MaryGaye Grizwin, co-chairs, for a wonderful party.
    Now for the Harbor Cruise, Sunday night movies, NEMPAC music Thursday’s and the Columbus Day celebration.
    What a wonderful community we have here.

  2. Hi …
    I just wanted to congratulate the entire committee of individuals who donated their time to create a wonderful pre-July 4th celebration for the children who attended The Christopher Columbus Park celebration.

    It was my first time, admittedly due to the arrival of grandchildren from California who are now living in Mass. I was so impressed with the entire day. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this a memorable day for all the children.

    I regret that I haven’t joined the Friends previously, but will be signing up for membershipbased on our family’s exposure to the celebration.
    Thank you,

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