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FRAMINGHAM – Today is Independence Day.

The City of Framingham has no July 4th events planned.

There have been no 4th of July event since Framingham became a City, but the Town of Framingham did not hold any events either for the past couple of decades.

In 1854, on July 4 at Harmony Grove, on the east bank of Farm Pond, the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society held an event that drew more than 2,000 people to denounce slavery. Speakers included William Lloyd Harrison, Henry David Thoreau, Lucy Stone, and Sojourner Truth.

Perhaps, Framingham needs to hold a community event annually at Farm Pond?

But what should it include?

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Some communities hold carnivals on Independence Day with rides.

Some communities have fairs with a concert.

Some communities host a summer picnic, with children’s games and activities.

Some communities, like the Towns of Natick and Sudbury, hold parades.

However, Natick postponed its parade in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, and postponed it again this year.

Walpole hold an annual fire truck parade with fireworks.

Some communities, like the Town of Needham, host multiple events.

Yesterday, Needham host a community event with food, pony rides, entertainment, children’s pie eating contest, and fireworks. Today, there is a 5K road race in Needham.

Sudbury, Lowell, Andover, Marblehead and other communities all hold Firecracker 5K races.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.