Five Things to Do This Weekend: July 2-4
A very busy Independence Day weekend in Needham.
It’s Thursday, and the weekend is right around the corner. Patch has your back with a few fun things to do. Check our picks for the activities to hit and some places to explore. Here's what's happening in and around your town.
- Where/When: Memorial Park, 92 Rosemary St.; Saturday, July 2 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
- Why Go: From bouncy rides to field games, kids of all ages through high school age can enjoy nearly 50 activities at Memorial Park, part of the Needham 300/Needham Exchange Club weekend Fourth of July celebration.
- Pricing: Free
- Where/When: Memorial Park, 92 Rosemary St.; Saturday, July 2 from 4:00-9:00 p.m.
- Why Go: Musicians from Needham’s past and present will converge on the Memorial Park stage for a special concert in celebration of Needham’s 300th birthday. Every decade will be represented from the 1970s to young musicians who are just getting started. This program is being organized by Needham Plugged In. (Afterward, stop by the Highlandville Tavern at the Village Club from 8:00-11:30 p.m. to raise a glass with friends. The temporary tavern is open Friday and Saturday nights.
- Pricing: Free
- Where/When: Memorial Park, 92 Rosemary St.; Sunday, July 3 from 5:00-10:00 p.m.
- Why Go: Enjoy an evening of activities sponsored by the Needham Exchange Club. Food will be on sale from 5:00-8:45 p.m. Children’s activities such as pony rides and face painting will be going on from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Boston oldies band Reminisce will perform from 7:00-9:15 p.m. And after dark, the Needham Exchange Club will set off their fabulous fireworks display—special this year because it will be synchronized to music. Get there early—the club is expecting a crowd of as many as 20,000 people. (Rumor has it you can see the fireworks from a few other spots around town, too, such as nearby Greene’s Field.)
- Pricing: Food concessions and glow necklaces will be on sale, but admission is free.
- Where/When: Memorial Park, 92 Rosemary St. (see parade route in photo at right); Monday, July 4 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Why Go: The Needham Exchange Club will continue the celebration with a schedule of events on Independence Day. The annual Fourth of July road race will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Needham Free Public Library. A children’s bike parade will start at 8:45 a.m. at Greene’s Field. Directly following a flag raising on the Town Common at 9:00 a.m., the Grand Parade will step off, heading down Chapel, turning left onto May Street and following the rest of the parade route (see map at right). Food concessions will be on sale at Memorial Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. And at 11:30 a.m., join your friends and neighbors on the hill between Needham High School and Memorial Field to be part of an aerial shot of Needham in celebration of the town’s 300th birthday. At 2:00 p.m., there will be an open swim meet at Rosemary Pool; a Little League All-Star Baseball Game at Memorial Park, on the softball field; and an old-fashioned baseball game at Memorial Park’s large baseball diamond.
- Pricing: Food concessions and other items will be for sale, but admission is free
- Where/When: Memorial Park, 92 Rosemary St. (large baseball diamond near Highland Avenue); Monday, July 4 at 2:00 p.m.
- Why Go: See the Mudville Nines play the Melrose Pondfielders using rules of baseball from 1858 in this combination of entertainment and athletics.
- Pricing: Free