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Thank you Veterans!

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Flag with the words Thank You Veterans

On this Veterans Day please take a moment to say "thank you" to a veteran, or any current military personnel for that matter, for their service to our country.  It is because of them and others before them that we are able to have our annual 4th of July Parade and celebration.
Thank you Veterans!

Peter Mundy, Chair  11/11/16

What a terrific July 4th Parade this year!

Thank you for your warm and enthusiastic response to our parade as we celebrated Natick's Rich History!

It was such a memorable parade: from the runners, antique cars, the Fire Trucks, the Natick Voice Winner and runner up, the Grand Marshall, Paul Hasgill, the terrific music and dancers, the many community organizations that participated, the Wonder Bread Truck, the Northway Truck, the Inflatable Baseball, and (oh!) the marching bands!

A huge thank you to all of this year’s terrific sponsors! Visit our sponsor page at http://natick4th.blogspot.com/

A big thank you to everyone who made a financial contribution, we could not have done it without you.  If you would like to make a donation using our PayPal link, please click here. Every penny donated helps to make sure we continue our "Rich History" of the parade itself.

Please check back with us regularly as it will not be too long before we start planning next year's events"

Peter Mundy, Chair  7/10/16


Recent Articles from MetroWest Daily News and the Natick Tab & Bulletin!

http://natick.wickedlocal.com/news/20160707/industrial-strength-on-4th

http://natick.wickedlocal.com/news/20160708/sullivans-travels-time-to-hit-beach

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20160705/annual-fourth-of-july-parade-roars-through-natick



Message from the Chairman:


A big "Thank You" to Debbi Finkelstein for organizing this year's "Natick VOICE on the Common" competition and to Greg Kennedy, Mike Carey and everyone at MutualOne Bank for supporting it and sponsoring it.  


Congratulations to our three finalists Angela Spivak, Charlotte Sweet (runner-up) and Dani Witherby (winner). 

Charlotte Sweet and Dani Witherby will sing "God Bless America" and the "Star-Spangled Banner" respectively before the start of the parade in downtown.

Be sure to look for all three finalists in the parade itself as they will be with the MutualOne Bank van.

Thank you also to Greg, Deborah Marion and last year's winner Jasmine Teng for being this year's judges; the Contessa Aurora and Uncle Sam for making guest appearances as well as the Connecting Point Dance Company for providing entertainment while voting was taking place.  

It was a fun night!

Peter Mundy

Natick Voice Winners

 



Articles from the Metrowest Daily News and the Natick Bulletin and Tab about the 2016 celebrations!

http://natick.wickedlocal.com/news/20160707/industrial-strength-on-4th

http://natick.wickedlocal.com/news/20160708/sullivans-travels-time-to-hit-beach

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20160705/annual-fourth-of-july-parade-roars-through-natick

http://natick.wickedlocal.com/news/20160624/naticks-fourth-takes-more-than-day-to-celebrate

http://natick.wickedlocal.com/news/20160624/sullivans-travels-time-to-go-4th

http://natick.wickedlocal.com/news/20160624/fourth-of-july-activities-for-eastern-mass


2016 Theme:
Celebrating Natick's Rich History
2016 Grand Marshal: Paul Hasgill
Paul Hasgill

Paul Hasgill will be turning 100 years young on July 5 and to our knowledge is the oldest living citizen in Natick. Paul is a descendent of the Nipmuc Indians. A grandson of a Civil War veteran, Paul Hasgill was raised in Natick. Drafted in December 1942, Hasgill would serve in the U.S. Army as a radio operator in North Africa, Sardinia, Corsica and Italy.
Here is his story link on the Natick Veterans Oral History Project website at the Morse Institute Library.

Paul Hasgill with committee members
Paul Hasgill with members from the Friends of the 4th Committee.

Left to right: Mike Carey / Mutual One Bank, Paul Hasgill / Grand Marshall, Bruce Weisberg / Middlesex Savings Bank, and Peter Mundy / Chair, Friends of the 4th

Here is the schedule for the 2016 July 4th Celebration.
   (updated 6/22/16)


Media Notes:

2016 Event Photos will be posted in the next few days. (updated 7/10/16)

Here are some parade photos from Maureen Sullivan and Rose Huling. (updated 7/10/15)

Here are some photos from the MetroWest Daily News Gallery.



Thank you to our 2016 event sponsors:

Official sponsor of Family Night:  Middlesex Savings Bank logo   
Official sponsor of Natick's VOICE:
MutuaOne Bank logo

*** Natick's 4th of July Celebrations and activities are supported by donations from our generous sponsors. Visit our sponsor page at http://natick4th.blogspot.com


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