The 8th annual Bourne on the Fourth of July parade will take place next Friday, July 4, at 10 AM on Main Street in Buzzards Bay.
Area roads will start closing and a parking ban will be in place, from 9 AM until the end of the parade, for Academy Drive to Perry Avenue, and for all of Perry Avenue and Everett Road next to town hall.
The use of the town hall parking lot will be exclusively for parade participants, volunteers, and town employees to meet and set up for the parade. Bus shuttles from area businesses have yet to be confirmed.
The patriotic parade will run for one mile, from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to the Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Building and will feature a United States Coast Guard helicopter flyover, marching musical entertainment, food and souvenir vendors, and approximately 20 floats.
Spectators can expect to be handed a number of items from parade participants along the route, such as flags, beads, and assorted candy. Many float-makers are preparing a centennial theme to coincide with this year’s canal celebrations and fans of the much-loved pirate boat float will get a double dose with a new, additional pirate theme float expected. The Girl Scouts are a new entry and will be marching for the first time this year.
The parade committee is still in need of some volunteers to help make the parade a success.
“Right now I would be comfortable with about 10 more volunteers for parade day. We rely on people to help out on the day. We need people to help carry business banners and to help with crowd control along the route. Volunteers can come to our last meeting at the Veterans Community Center at 6:30 PM this Tuesday, July 1, for pizza and soda and a rundown on what needs to happen. We work the whole parade out that night. Or, they can come on parade day, get a T-shirt and an assignment,” said Jennifer K. Kennedy, chairman of the parade committee.
Parade T-shirts support the cost of the parade and are on sale now for $12 at three locations and will also be on sale at the parade.
To purchase a T-shirt in advance, go to the Canal Region Chamber of Commerce, 70 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, or Bourne Town Hall, 24 Perry Avenue, Buzzards Bay, or the
Jonathan Bourne Public Library, 19 Sandwich Road, Old Bourne Village.
This year’s T-shirt was designed by Ms. Kennedy and Brandon Berejik and depicts the Bourne Bridge with fireworks around it. All of the proceeds from the shirt will go to offset the almost $10,000 cost to produce the community event.