Westborough kicks off the 4th with block party

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Westborough kicks off the 4th with block party
Children could create kindness rocks at the Westborough Connects booth during the annual Block Party on Friday, June 28, at Bay State Commons. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – It was a perfect evening for a block party.

On Friday, June 28, the Recreation Department sponsored the annual townwide 4th of July celebration. It came complete with clear skies, mild temperatures and plenty of fun for young and old.

“I’m so happy, especially with all the rain we’ve had,” said Recreation Director Jennifer Kirkland.

Westborough kicks off the 4th with block party
The Westborough Civic Club’s booth at the annual Block Party featured a chance to create some sand art. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

The event began with the presentation of colors by the Assabet Valley Marine Corps Junior ROTC Color Guard and the singing of the national anthem.

Recreation Department staff and volunteers stayed busy before and during the event, from directing vendors to their spots, to selling activity tickets.

At the booths, the lines formed early and remained steady through the evening.

Among the most popular activities – face painting, sand art and the making of kindness rocks.

And of course, the dunk booth sponsored by the Westborough Lions. Town officials took their turns in getting wet, including Fire Chief Patrick Purcell, Police Chief Todd Minardi and Select Board member Shelby Marshall.

“It’s a great night and a huge crowd,” said Minardi, who’s about to begin his second year as police chief. “It’s a great day for the town.”

There was also pony rides (six horses, no waiting), a moon bounce, interactive car racing, airbrush tattoos and a visit from Smiley, the mascot of the Worcester Red Sox.

Westborough kicks off the 4th with block party
Recreation Department Director Jennifer Kirkland, right, directs vendors to their booth space before the annual Block Party at Bay State Commons on Friday, June 28. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

Some groups offered information on upcoming events. The Westborough Athletic and Social Association (WASA) gave event-goers a chance to play some cornhole and note some of their events, including its golf tournament on Sept. 13, Turkey Shoot on Nov. 23 and Ski Swap on Dec. 14.

Music fans also came early to save a spot in front of the pavilion. The Reminisants entertained the crowd with a combination of oldies and country music.

Those wishing to grab a quick dinner could frequent some of the food trucks that lined Union Street. Those wanting a bit of dessert could get a sugar cookie from Roche Bros., but had to act quickly – they went through four big boxes of cookies within 90 minutes.

Next up for the Recreation Department – the summer concert series. The Midtown Horns will kick things off on July 9; SNG on July 23; and Holdin’ Back the 60s on Aug. 6. All concerts will take place at Bay State Commons, and will begin at 6 p.m.

For information on programs, visit https://westboroma.myrec.com/info/default.aspx

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