SOMERVILLE – Somerville’s annual Family Fun Day and Fourth of July Fireworks are returning for summer 2014, marking the tenth straight year for the celebrations since their reinstatement under Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone’s administration. The celebrations were popular throughout the 1970s and 1980s in Somerville, and have drawn an average of 10,000 visitors each year since 2004.
The 2014 events are set for Saturday, June 28 (Family Fun Day) and Thursday, July 3 (Fireworks), both taking place at Trum Field on Broadway as Somerville kicks off its summer programming. Rain dates are set for June 29 and July 10, respectively.
From noon to 5 p.m. on June 28, Family Fun Day will feature free, family-friendly programming including a community BBQ, children’s activities, face painting, Curious Creatures exhibit, pony rides, music, and more.
On Thursday, July 3, live entertainment for our Independence Day celebration at Trum Field will include performances by the Somerville Sunsetters, local Disco-Funk band Booty Vortex, the USO Metropolitan New York Performers, and the U.S. Navy Band Northeast Pops Ensemble beginning at 6 p.m., all leading up to a 30-minute fireworks display at approximately 9:15 p.m. (In case of rain, the USO Metropolitan New York Performers and the U.S. Navy Band Northeast Pops Ensemble will perform at the East Somerville Community School at 7 p.m. on July 3. All other entertainment will be postponed until July 10.)
For the tenth anniversary celebration, community members are invited to send in any old photos or items from past celebrations (recent and distant past) to help us celebrate Somerville’s history! Send photos or information to Carlene Campbell-Hegarty at CCampbell@somervillema.gov, or call 617-625-6600 ext. 2615.
To ensure public safety and pedestrian access to events, traffic and parking restrictions will be in place as follows:
FAMILY FUN DAY
• Franey Road and portions Charles E. Ryan Road will be closed to vehicular traffic from noon to 5 p.m.
• No parking on Franey Road and portions of Charles E. Ryan Road from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Please obey posted signage.)
o No Parking at Trum Field from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
o Ball Square to Magoun Square: No Parking 4 p.m. – midnight; street closed 5 p.m. – midnight.
• Cedar Street
o Morrison Avenue to the Bridge: No Parking 8 a.m. – midnight; traffic restricted to residents only 4 – 6 p.m.; street closed after 6 p.m.
o Bridge to Broadway: No Parking 8 a.m. – midnight; traffic restricted to residents only 4 – 6 p.m. (from Morrison Ave. only); street closed 6 p.m. – midnight.
• Franey Road: No Parking 4 p.m. – midnight; street closed 4 p.m. – midnight.
• Charles E. Ryan Road: No parking 8 a.m. – midnight; access restricted to residents 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.; street closed 6 p.m. – midnight.
• MBTA Buses 80 & 89 rerouted 5 p.m. – midnight. See www.somervillema.gov or call 311 for full detour information.
Due to the large crowds and loud noise associated with the Fireworks Celebration, the City recommends that attendees leave pets at home and not bring unnecessary bags or backpacks. All bags and backpacks are subject to inspection. For more information, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311), or visit www.somervillema.gov.
Special thanks to the Sloane family and our other sponsors for making these events possible.