City making plans for 4th of July celebration

LACONIA — The city will celebrate Independence Day a week from today, on Thursday, July 4, with an afternoon and evening of festivities sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and Fourth of July Committee.
The celebration will begin with the annual parade, which is scheduled to leave Wyatt Park in the South End at 4:30 p.m. and march up Main Street to Opechee Park. Kevin Dunleavy, director of Parks and Recreation, said yesterday that the parade will feature its traditional complement of marchers, but invited any group wishing to participate to complete a parade application with the Department of Parks and Recreation. Forms are available at the Community Center as well as posted on the department's website (
Food vendors will be serving at Opechee Park where there will also be games and attractions for children. Entertainment at the park will be provided by the Swift River Jazz Band, featuring Dave Killkelley, and Living on a Bad Name, a Bon Jovi tribute ensemble, from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.
The fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. This year the pyrotechnics will be offered by RS Display Fireworks of Hudson, which aspires "to bring to fireworks, the same excitement that Ben and Jerry's brings to ice cream." To help them along the City Council added $2,000 to the fireworks budget this year, when $12,000 will go up in smoke.
For those seeking an early start to the holiday the Weirs Action Committee will stage a fireworks display at Weirs Beach on Wednesday, July 3 starting at midnight.