Pancakes, parades of boats à la carte for July 4th | Local News

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Gloucester isn’t the only community in Cape Ann celebrating Independence Day with events this weekend as the nation reopens after months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Activities range from pancake breakfasts to boat parades.

GLOUCESTER

saturday july 3

6:00 p.m. – Runaround Sound kicks off his performance on stage at the west end of Stacy Boulevard.

9:30 p.m. – The fireworks start over the outer harbor off Stage Fort Park.

Please Note: The Horribles Parade has been canceled this year due to ongoing health issues related to COVID-19.

sunday 4 july

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Magnolia Community Farmers Market along Lexington Avenue features fresh, local produce from the fields and more.

Monday July 5

Town hall closed.

10:15 a.m. – The Hammond Castle Museum, 80 Hesperus Ave., offers Bubbles and Books, a children’s story hour followed by a bubble party on the back lawn. The stories start at 10:15 a.m. Bring a blanket for your little one to snuggle up while enjoying classic prince and princess stories and more.

ROCKPORT

The annual parade and bonfire will not be held this year. The transfer station will be closed on Sunday July 4 and Monday July 5, but it will be open on Tuesday July 6.

saturday july 3

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Rockport Farmers Market, in the Rockport Music parking lot at 16 Main Street, features locally grown and made agricultural produce for sale on site by farmers and vendors. Stop by, follow COVID-19 protocols, and buy fresh from the fields.

12 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Gloucester artist Vanessa Michalak opens her studio, Vanessa Michalak Studio, 17 Pleasant St., to the public. Many paintings from his Green Space series are on display, as well as scenes from the Cape Ann coast.

Monday July 5

Municipal offices closed.

3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Afternoon of Latin dance at the Windhover Performance Center, 257R Granite St., Rockport. Join MetaMovements Latin Dance Company for an afternoon of dance instruction, followed by an evening of social dancing, Latin music and entertainment with salsa, casino, bachata, cha cha cha, merengue. All levels are welcome. Tickets and more information, https://windhover.org/performances/

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA

saturday july 3

7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club will host their annual Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast at Tuck’s Point in Manchester. State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr and State Representative Brad Hill will return pancakes and pony rides will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will also be face painting, cornhole games, live music and Sylvie Oldeman will sing the national anthem. Two guests will be honored for their service to the community. Advanced tickets cost $ 10; at the door, $ 15. Children 8 and under eat free. The Manchester Parks and Recreation Department sells tickets or buy online at https://bit.ly/3fqohwY where to go to https://manchesteressexrotary.org/ and follow the link. Volunteers are needed; contact Judy Laspesa at [email protected]

Midday – Start of the home decoration competition; the decoration continues until Sunday July 4 at 5 p.m. Registration ends July 1 at manchester.ma.us/389/Committee of July 4. Instead of the usual parade, residents are invited to decorate their homes with a patriotic touch of red, white and blue and compete for a prize! (Please note: only houses visible from the street and only decorated by its inhabitants are eligible). A list of participating households will be posted on social media so that all residents can “parade” around the city in their cars and enjoy the sites. Prices will be announced later.

4:00 p.m. The Patriotic Boat Parade through Manchester Harbor is open to all vessels in the Manchester Harbor community capable of maintaining 5 knots under mechanical tension without assistance. Email Mike Opal at [email protected] to register before the end of the day on Thursday July 1st. More information available on https://bit.ly/2TfgBWs.

sunday 4 july

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Compaq Big Band performs at Masconomo Park, 60 Beach St. This is the 19-piece group’s first event with a live audience in 491 days. Where: Masconomo Park

Monday July 5

Town hall closed. All garbage, recycling and compost collections will operate with a one-day delay.

ESSEX

sunday 4 july

10:00 a.m. – Chebacco Lake July 4 parade of boats (All other local parades are canceled for the fourth.) Decorated boats meet at the Cove near Centennial Grove at 10 a.m. Lake residents are welcome to participate or cheer from their docks. Ms. Essex County will lead the parade. Prize of $ 100 to the best decorated boat of the Chebacco Lake Association.

Monday July 5

Town hall closed.

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