New Boston Historical Society
New Boston, New Hampshire
New Boston 4th of July Parades
Brad & Lois Hersey in a 4th of July Parade
You may view the YouTube video in full-screen format.
Parade route (arrows added to an aerial photo from 1950)
Reggie Hayes riding his "boneshaker" down High Street. Was this the oldest bicycle in America?
Before the parade crossed the bridge, it passed by the Kane Brothers' luncheonette, which is now Tates Gallery.
The Brown & Wells necktie factory was on your left as you crossed over the bridge.
The building is gone; the property is now a garden center.
The parade turned right onto Mill Street at the library, the brick building that's now the Historical Society museum.
Our chimney is no longer visible due to the library addition built in 1981.
The Clover Farm Stores on Mill Street is now the Northeast Cafe
The parade turned left again from Mill Street onto Meetinghouse Hill Road at the village school (Grades 1-12) where the Fire Station is today.
The parade ended at the ballfield behind Town Hall. Here you might see Constitution #2, the hand-pumped fire engine.
The video contains rare footage of a Firemen's Muster. When in competition, the Constitution could "throw water" 200 feet!
About the filmmaker: Lois Hersey and her husband Brad lived at "Powderhorn Farm" on Thornton Road at the end of Hersey Lane. They also owned the historic "Great Meadows Farm" on Bunker Hill Road, which was once the home of New Boston's first settler Thomas Smith. Click here to read a biography of Lois Elliott Hersey (1904-1991) written by her granddaughter Caroline Woodward.
Lois's grandson Tom Shirley and his Wolverine "Movie Maker Pro," which converts movie film to video.
—Dan R. 2021