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No fizzle: Peabody dedicated to celebrating Fourth of July

Staff writer

There will be no carnival, vendors, or a large crowd at the park this year, but organizers of Peabody’s July Fourth celebrations intend to light up the night with fireworks.

“We felt we could put on a good show in a modified way that would not include mass crowd gathering,” said Jay Gfeller, president of Peabody’s city council.

There will be no traditional, hand-crafted ground displays this year, only aerial fireworks that can be viewed from a distance, he said. Admission will not be charged.

A live feed of the celebrations will begin broadcasting just before sunset.

Canceling the carnival was a tough decision, but many in the community have been supportive of plans to put on a modified holiday.

“None of us on the committee wanted to do this,” he said. “We waited until the very last minute to make a decision. We are still bummed out, but people have been very understanding.”

Other fun events that day will include:

  • A horseshoe tournament at 7 a.m. in Peabody City Park.
  • A five-kilometer run at 7 a.m. at the city park.
  • A flea market at 8 a.m. in downtown Peabody.
  • Modified kids’ games at the park at 10 a.m. in the park.
  • A washers tournament at 11 a.m. in the park
  • A parade at 5 p.m. starting at Peabody-Burns Junior/Senior High School.

Organizers are seeking donations of the fireworks and to make up for the loss of admissions fees. Collectible buttons are on sale for $3 in shops around the city.

“I see a lot of people in the park as the weather has gotten nicer,” he said. “People are walking around town enjoying getting back to being as normal as possible.”

Last modified June 11, 2020