Westborough celebrates hot, humid July 4th kickoff

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By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Ready to distribute American flags are Rotary Club of Westborough members: (l to r) Treasurer Paul Reilly, President Elect Elliott Rittenberg, Bill Witherell, Vice President Gary Kelley, Reina Rago and President Betsy Moquin. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Ready to distribute American flags are Rotary Club of Westborough members: (l to r) Treasurer Paul Reilly, President Elect Elliott Rittenberg, Bill Witherell, Vice President Gary Kelley, Reina Rago and President Betsy Moquin.
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Westborough – After getting rained out for two consecutive years, the Westborough July 4th Block Party returned on a hot, humid evening June 29. Traditionally held on a few blocks along West Main Street, this year’s well-attended holiday kickoff took place at a new venue: the 2.5-acre Bay State Green.

A number of community organizations and local businesses provided games and giveaways. Among activities for family fun were a bounce house, dunk tank, sand art, airbrush tattoos, interactive car racing, photo booth, pony and horse-drawn carriage rides, as well as food and dessert trucks.

Live musical entertainment began with patriotic songs performed by the Westborough Community Band conducted by Matthew Lefebvre. The Reminisants with lead singer Mike Royal of Marlborough returned to the event with a repertoire of classic rock tunes. Also making an encore appearance was magician Fran Flynn, creating balloon animals and performing a show sponsored by Westboro Tennis & Swim Club.

The four-hour holiday kickoff was organized by the Westborough July 4th Planning Committee including Westborough Recreation Department representatives and Westborough Civic Club members.

Chris MacKenzie sings along with The Reminisants. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Chris MacKenzie sings along with The Reminisants.
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Evelyn Surber rides around Bay State Green on a pony. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Evelyn Surber rides around Bay State Green on a pony.
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Olivia Read and Michael Meehan, both 7, dance to music played by The Reminisants. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Olivia Read and Michael Meehan, both 7, dance to music played by The Reminisants.
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Betty and Darrell Simino swing dance to The Reminisants’ nostalgic music. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Betty and Darrell Simino swing dance to The Reminisants’ nostalgic music.
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The Reminisants lead singer Mike Royal performs on the Bay State Green bandstand. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
The Reminisants lead singer Mike Royal performs on the Bay State Green bandstand.
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The Hyatt siblings – Ethan, 7, and Julia, 5 – get souvenir sunglasses at the Westborough July 4th Planning Committee booth. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
The Hyatt siblings – Ethan, 7, and Julia, 5 – get souvenir sunglasses at the Westborough July 4th Planning Committee booth.
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Ashford Sandler and Naksh Parwani, both 5, enjoy Fran Flynn’s magic show. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Ashford Sandler and Naksh Parwani, both 5, enjoy Fran Flynn’s magic show.
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Emmitt Preston, 6, assists Fran Flynn with a magic trick. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Emmitt Preston, 6, assists Fran Flynn with a magic trick.
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The Westborough Community Band musicians perform. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
The Westborough Community Band musicians perform.
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