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The theme for this year’s 4th of July celebration is “Star Spangled Salute,” in honor of the 200th anniversary of the designation of the country’s official emblem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” originally written by Francis Scott Key in 1814.
Following Norwood’s own local tradition, the celebrations on July 4 begin with the charming Children’s Bicycle, Tricycle, Doll Carriage and Historic Character Parade at 1 p.m. Over 300 children and their creative imaginations are the center attraction for this hour as they strut through downtown Norwood showing off their festive bikes, carriages and costumes for all to enjoy. This family-fun event, led by The Colonial Boys, begins at the First Congregational Church at Walpole and Winter Streets, continues down Washington St. and concludes at the Town Common where awards are given and refreshments are served. Cost is $1 per child to enter the parade and each participant will receive a festive t-shirt and ribbon. Winners are also invited to ride on a float in the main parade.
At 3 p.m., there will be a special Independence Day Carillon Concert from the historic Town Hall Memorial Tower. Margaret Angelini of Wellesley College and Norwood’s own Lee Leach will perform. There will be a tour of the 50-bell Tilton Memorial Carillon at 4 p.m., following the concert.
Local athletes preface Norwood’s legendary 4th of July Parade with an event of their own in the Norwood Firecracker 5K Road Race. The gun goes off at 5 p.m., where runners of all ages are encouraged by walls of early parade watchers to complete the 3.1 mile race that ends at the Town Common. The event awards top three prizes within gender and age categories. Walkers are also welcome to join in on the fun and work off their barbeque fare.
For more information on participating in the race, visit www.nerunner.com or www.millenniumreg.com, email [email protected] or call 617-610-0084. Applications can also be picked up at Town Hall, the Civic Center or Morrill Memorial Library.
The Eastern Massachusetts Fire Truck, Antique and Classic Car and WWII and Korean War Military Re-enactor Procession kicks off the main event at 5:30 p.m. At 5:45 p.m., the famous 4th of July Parade begins with national and international marching bands, entertaining acts, floats, military units, community groups and local politicians. The route begins at the Coakley Middle School, travels through South Norwood, up Washington St., by the Town Common and ends at the Shaws Plaza.
The celebrations, however, do not cease on Friday. The Sharon Concert Band will return to the Town Common with their big band sounds on Sunday, July 6, at 7 p.m., and there will be another Carillon Concert on Monday, July 7, at 7 p.m.
Norwood’s 4th of July
Weekend Calendar
Friday, July 4
1 p.m.
Children’s Bicycle, Tricycle, Doll Carriage and Historic Character Parade

3-4:30 p.m.
Independence Day Carillon Concert, featuring Margaret Angelini of Wellesley Colland and Norwood’s own Lee Leach. A tour of the Tilton Memorial Carillon will follow the concert.

5 p.m.
Norwood’s Firecracker 5K Road Race

5:30 p.m.
Eastern Massachusetts Fire Truck, Antique and Classic Car, WWII and Korean War Military Re-enactor Procession

5:45 p.m.
4th of July Parade Spectacular
Begins at Coakley Middle School, through South Norwood and the Town Common

Sunday, July 6
7-9 p.m.
Norwood Concert on the Common: Sharon Concert Band

Monday, July 7
7 p.m.
Carillon Concert, featuring Tatiana Luukyanova, of Hampton, CT

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