To The Daily Sun,
Ashland's July 4th celebration is recognized as one of the best in New England. The two-day event includes a morning pancake breakfast and Independence Day Parade and ends the next day with a fireworks display. Every year the town's population swells from just over 2,000 residents to more than 6,000. People from throughout the Lakes Region and beyond stake out their spot on the L.W. Packard Ball Field to enjoy not only fireworks, but food, entertainment and the feeling of a hometown celebration.
Many people may not realize taxpayer dollars don't pay for this celebration. Funding comes through donations and the sale of commemorative buttons and T-shirts.
The Ashland Fourth of July Committee is made up of a small group of dedicated volunteers whose mission is to keep this 54-year tradition going. These people meet throughout the year planning all aspects of the two-day event.
Ashland residents will be asked to vote on the election of officers and warrant articles on Tuesday, March 11. Warrant Article 12 asks the town to authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept and expend donations up to a total of $3,500 for the purpose of the Fourth of July Celebration.
Members of the Committee urge all Ashland residents to vote "yes" on this warrant to allow us to help provide for the continuation of our hometown tradition. Again, no taxpayer dollars are used for any part of this event.