Independence Day weekend events on tap in Amherst

  • A view of Main Street in downtown Amherst. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Published: 6/30/2021 11:11:16 AM

AMHERST – In Amherst, Independence Day will be marked by events on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, the traditional children’s bicycle parade and gathering on the South Amherst town common takes place.

The Fiddlers Green event begins at 10 a.m. with kids decked out in patriotic costumes. Following that, there will be games on the grass, including peanut scramble, penny hunt, foot races and sack races. Adults are strongly encouraged to wear masks. Free lemonade and ice cream will be served, though a $5 to $10 per family donation is suggested to offset expenses.

On July 4 at 3 p.m. will be a reading and discussion of Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Mass Humanities has provided money to the South Congregational Church, 1066 South East St. to mount a reading and discussion of Douglass’ speech. Amilcar Shabazz, a University of Massachusetts professor, will introduce and lead a discussion of the speech, which may be presented in Spanish and other languages.

The church council is organizing the event in partnership with the Interfaith Opportunities Network.

For the second year in a row, no fireworks are being launched near McGuirk Alumni Stadium at the UMass campus due to the pandemic.


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