AYER — After months of preparation, things have come together for the town’s Independence Day celebration.
The agenda for the event, which will be held June 30, includes fireworks, a parade and a holiday festival at Pirone Park. The idea is a traditional Independence Day celebration that will appeal to all ages, said Fourth of July Committee Chairman Mary Spinner.
“Our goal is to provide a family fun day for the residents of Ayer and the surrounding communities,” she said. “We celebrate America’s birthday, but it’s a family day.”
The celebration begins with the annual bike-decorating contest at the Rail Trail parking lot off Park Street. Youths are invited to enter decorated bikes, wagons, carriages and wheelchairs, which will participate in the parade afterward. The event is judged in two youth categories, and the winners are awarded trophies.
Typical decorations include crêpe paper and ribbons in a red, white and blue motif, but there’s a lot of room for creativity, said Spinner.
Contestants must be lined up at the Rail Trail by noon to take part in the parade, which begins near Hannaford Supermarkets at 1 p.m., said Spinner.
The procession will include firefighters, music, the Acton Minutemen, antique cars and local politicians, said Spinner. It will travel down Park and Main streets before ending at Pirone Park, which will host the next phase of activities.
The park festival begins at noon and is slated to include a wide range of games, crafts and novelties. Some 30 booths are expected, alongside returning guests like the Nashoba Valley Concert Band, the Boston City Band, magician Peter O’Malley and Shirley-based DJ Gerry Wheeler. Youth activities include the moon walk and possibly a dunking booth, said Spinner.
There will be a tent for eating and getting out of the sun, she said, and patrons are also welcome to set up lawn chairs.
The celebration will end with fireworks over Pirone Park at dusk.
Though the committee’s praying it won’t be necessary, Spinner said the following Saturday has been designated as the rain date.
While much of the work is done, she said it’s not too late for people to step forward and be part of the event.
“We can always use volunteers to help out,” she said. “They can always notify the selectmen’s office, and (secretary) Janet Lewis will give me the message.”