The city will show its stars and stripes on the Fourth of July with fireworks, concerts and a traveling amusement park on the waterfront.
This is the second year the festivities will be held at Heritage State Park and Battleship Cove. The event, long held at Kennedy Park, moved last year.
“It gives more folks the opportunity to see the fireworks display,” said Mayor Edward M. Lambert Jr. at a press conference Friday announcing the holiday celebration.
The festivities will officially begin Tuesday with Finelli’s Traveling Amusement Park in the Heritage State Park parking lot, which will continue all week until Sunday, July 8. Hours are Tuesday, 5 to 10 p.m.; July 4th, noon to 10 p.m.; Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. Concessions stands will offer food, drinks and snacks for sale.
On Wednesday, live entertainment will set the holiday mood in Heritage State Park, starting at 1 p.m. with a performance by Billy Couto & The After Hours Band, sponsored by the Union Methodist Church. At 4 p.m., Hitmen will take the stage with their blend of classic rock, southern rock and country sounds. At 7 p.m., Gary Sugal’s Contemporary Big Band will feature its 18-piece brass band sound.
The 25-minute fireworks display will go off at 9:30 p.m. from a barge in the Taunton River.
The event is a cooperation of the city of Fall River, Friends of Heritage State Park, Fall River War Veterans Council, local police and fire departments, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
“Come down with your family and enjoy some fun and help usher in the summer,” Lambert said.
Paul Simister, president of the Friends of Heritage State Park, said they couldn’t have organized the event without the Fall River War Veterans Council. “Our veterans have been an indispensable part of this celebration,” Simister said.
Commander Albert D’Ambrisio of the Fall River War Veterans Council said: “It’s been a privilege to be involved with this group. The city’s been great to our vets. They haven’t forgotten the greatest generation that freed the world.”
Lambert urged folks who have not yet seen the Iwo Jima Memorial monument at Bicentennial Park to do so over the holiday week. “It’s a testament to all our vets,” he said.
“This is an important day in our country’s history and I thank all those men and women who have served and are serving to preserve the freedom and democracy our forefathers fought for 231 years ago,” Lambert said. “Celebrating together as a community is a fine way to show our veterans how thankful we are and demonstrate the significance and magnitude of their sacrifice.”
As a kick-off to the Fourth of July celebration, the Friends of Heritage State Park will host a breakfast to honor veterans on Sunday at the Iwo Jima Memorial at Bicentennial Park. Tickets are $10. A limited number of tickets will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.
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