By Mina Corpuz
PEPPERELL -- The town's Fourth of July parade and firework extravaganza will be moved up to June 30.
In addition to the date change, the parade will take place in the morning at 10 a.m., said Cathy Lundeen, president of the 4th of July Committee.
She said the earlier start will help attendees avoid some of the afternoon heat and give people some time to themselves before the fireworks show after sunset.
The celebration is a 30-year tradition that draws crowds from around the area. Last year, about 3,000 people watched the fireworks, Lundeen said.
"We're a small town," she said, "but the celebration is a big bang."
DJ Matty Chillin McMillin will play music during the fireworks show, Lundeen said.
The Fourth of July Committee plans to raise $32,000 to host the parade and fireworks, Lundeen said.
Fundraising for the festivities will kick off with the Honey HoeDown on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.. Local artists Paige Davis and J-Rae & Mr. Dean will perform at the Townsend Ridge Country Club.
The show will raise money for Atlas PyroVision Entertainment to put on the firework show, Lundeen said.
Atlas does fireworks around the Northeast for various events, including Fourth of July and New Years Eve. They have put on shows at venues including Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, and TD Garden.
A patriot ride, comedy night, and a rock-a-thon are also planned to raise money for the festivities.