Plymouth: July 4th celebration has only 150 donors

Plymouth throws the biggest Independence Day celebration in the region. It begins with a parade through downtown, followed by an evening concert on the waterfront, ending with a large fireworks display over the harbor. In an election year, such as this year, candidates for local and statewide public offices march in the parade. Why? It draws the biggest crowd of any parade in the state. The state National Guard has two sets of howitzer cannons. One goes to the Boston Pops concert in Boston, the other goes to Plymouth.

Thousands of people come from Plymouth’s villages and from out of town, yet very few help pay. Town government doesn’t. The vast majority of people who enjoy the parade, concert and fireworks don’t. Only 150 donors support the $115,000 expense.

The non-profit organization that presents the July Fourth celebration, July 4 Plymouth, needs another $6,000 and about 20 more parade volunteers to make this week’s birthday bash a success.
To volunteer or to learn how to make a donation, go to July 4 plymouth.com, and that’s a numeral 4. July 4 Plymouth.com.

About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor. He won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.