Westborough hosts July 4th kickoff celebration


Westborough hosts July 4th kickoff celebration
Appropriately attired for the Westborough July 4th Block Party, Chris MacKenzie dances along to the song “Mustang Sally” performed by the oldies cover band The Reminisants. (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

WESTBOROUGH – Guests of all ages got a head start in celebrating the July 4th holiday on Friday at the Westborough July 4th Block Party at Bay State Commons.

The block party is now back on schedule after it was canceled in 2020 and pushed to August last summer due to pandemic restrictions.

This year’s event began with patriotic music performed by the Interboro Community Band conducted by Matt Lefebvre. Audience members waved American flags that were distributed free by the Rotary Club of Westborough.

Live musical entertainment continued with classic rock-‘n’-roll tunes performed by The Reminisants, a longtime staple of this event.

Also making an encore appearance was magician Fran Flynn, creating balloon animals before and after performing a show sponsored by Westboro Tennis & Swim Club. Flynn told his audience that the evening’s magic words were “I love the block party.”

A number of community organizations and local businesses provided family-friendly activities and giveaways. Among the activities were a bounce house, dunk tank, sand art, face painting and interactive car racing.

Kids took pony rides while party guests of all ages traveled on horse-drawn hayrides. Food and dessert trucks satisfied appetites.

Helping to spread the holiday spirit, the Westborough July 4th Block Party Planning Committee made available red, white and blue souvenirs.

Serving on this year’s planning committee were Jenn Kirkland, Josh Aponte and Grethel Guzman of Westborough Recreation; Pete Allen, Mark Brady and Don Shapleigh of the Westborough Civic Club; Kelley Donley of Uhlman’s Ice Cream; and Roberta Sylvester Brown of the Westborough Spirit Committee.


Westborough prepares for July 4th Block Party

Westborough welcomes back the town’s block party