The Fourth of July in New BostonNo town celebrates the Fourth of July quite like New Boston. The day begins with a parade down High Street through Central Square then along the River Road to the 4-H Fairgrounds. At the Fairgrounds, the national anthem is sung and the 1743 Molly Stark cannon is fired three times to commemorate American Independence and to signal that a fried chicken lunch is about to be served. The day ends with a fireworks display.
The parade float in this undated photo shows a nurse with her patient. The 1928 parade began at 8:00 AM!
July 4, 1941 & 1942
Bicycles on the bridge near the Wason Memorial Building - 1941
Something about to happen behind Town Hall - 1942 (Photos from Jackie Pelchat Lariviere)
July 4, 1955
The Molly Stark cannon turns from High Street towards the bridge. The old tavern stable has not yet been moved and converted into a bank.
A band plays in front of the Wason Memorial building, which was the library.
The Old Engine House between Dodge's Store and the Town Hall was still being used by the Fire Department in 1955.
Junior firemen push the Pinball handtub towards the library to get a closer look at a tracked vehicle. This was two years after the Korean War.
The library's 1982 Hayes-Warren addition is not yet built so the nearby Mill Street market (Clover Farm Stores?) is visible.
A parade float advertising chicken barbecue passes in front of Dodge's Store, which contains the post office.
July 4, 1960
The Constitution #2 handtub was used to fight fires until 1924. Pinball is a working model built for children by a railroad man.
July 4, 1964
Proceeding down River Road from Dodge's Store towards the Fairgrounds, the parade passes a gas station
once owned by Norman LaBossiere then "Stubby" Rogers. This garage is no more.
The first bicycle built in America was called a "bone shaker" due to its wooden wheels with iron tires.
Reggie Hayes rode this 1861 bicycle in twenty consecutive Fourth of July parades.
July 4 in the 21st Century
Bob Todd is the most recent man to wear Uncle Sam's top hat.
The putt-putt of Wayne Daniels' gas-powered ice cream maker is another 4th of July tradition.
The Historical Society float celebrates "Old Folk's Day" from 100 years ago. (Photo art by Janet White.)
To end this 4th of July page with a bang, we've copied this video from the Molly Stark cannon page:
The 1743 Molly Stark Cannon is fired three times on July 4. This video shows the second firing in 2011.