Celebrating July 4th in Bedford? Some Staycation Ideas!

Jon ‘OC ‘O’Connor revived the tradition of reading the Declaration of Independence in 2017 – Image (c) JMcCT, 2017 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

With the Fourth of July on Thursday this week, many families are choosing to remain in the area. If yours is among them, you may want to celebrate locally, in Bedford and nearby communities.

11 am ~ Reading the Declaration of Independence at Veterans Memorial Park

Bedford honors Independence Day by reading Thomas Jefferson’s words, the Declaration of Independence, each year on July 4th. John Filios, a modern-day Bedford Minuteman, began this tradition many years ago and it was revived by Jon O’Connor. The crowd gathers at the foot of Bedford’s Minuteman statue depicting Private Nathaniel Page carrying the Bedford Flag into battle on April 19, 1775.

10:30 am to 7:30 pm ~ Summer Fun at Springs Brook Park

Images in the gallery below are all (c) Jeff JHO Hoyland, 2019 all rights reserved

With warm temperatures and sunny skies forecast for July 4, Springs Brook Park is gearing up to provide a beachy day for Bedford residents. In addition to the beach, the spray park, the shade structures, the games, and swimming there will be raffles, games, and festivities all day. Join the party with music, dancing, and games

  • Watermelon served at 1:30
  •  Sandcastle Judging at 2:30 (register your castle at the bathhouse by 2:15)>
  • Whale Watch Tix Raffle Announcement! 3:00 (Must be present to win)
  • DJ Mike Pride 3:00-5:00

July 4th Group Admission Policy: Members planning to visit with 10 or more non-resident guests must make a group reservation in advance. Please call Springs Brook by July 2 to make your reservation. Guest fees are $10 per person. Please note that water is cleared 30 minutes before closing time and the gate closes promptly at 7:30.

It’s never too late to learn more about Springs Brook Park’s 2019 season – Click this link to learn more.

11 am ~ Bedford Minutemen will march in Burlington’s July 4th Parade

The parade steps off at 11 am Click this link to see the line of march, and this link to see the parade route.

Noon ~ Flag Retirement Ceremony

After reading the Declaration of Independence, a Flag Retirement Ceremony will begin at noon in the rear parking lot of The American Legion and VFW at 357 Great Road. This event typically takes place on Flag Day, June 14, however, when Flag Day falls on a weekend the ceremony moves to July 4. Many local groups help to make the flag retirement ceremony a special event: the Bedford Fire and Police Departments, the DPW, Scout Troops and Pack, Daughters of the American Revolution, Knights of Columbus St Michael’s Parish, St Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion, Moison Ace Hardware, the Bedford Barber Shop, and the Bedford Patriotic Holiday Committee.

Happy Fourth of July!

In addition to the big fireworks display on the Esplanade in Boston, local communities will also have fireworks.


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