June 8, 2019 by Carol Britton Meyer
The traditional Fourth of July parade, which attracts thousands of spectators from near and far, will step out as usual from Hingham High School on July 4 at 10 a.m. There is no rain date.
However, the Hingham Lions Club canceled this year’s fireworks due to not enough volunteers to put on the event, which has for years included a family celebration on the beach. The hope is that members of the community will offer their assistance so the usual spectacular fireworks display — viewed by thousands of people from the Bathing Beach, Crow Point, and many other locations — in order to continue in 2020 and in years to come.
Apparently there is some confusion, because a downtown merchant said some customers are under the mistaken impression that it was the parade that was canceled for this year.
She is quick to tell them the parade is on!
The Hingham Rec Road Race from the Hingham Middle School and also the Hingham Lions/Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast on Hingham Centre Common before the parade draw large numbers of runners and pancake lovers. Both are happening as usual this year.
The good news about fireworks is that this year’s fireworks display in Hull will coincide with the town’s 375th Anniversary Celebration and the Hull 375th Anniversary Committee is hoping Hingham residents and others who normally attend the Hingham fireworks will stop by and enjoy the fireworks in Hull. They are sponsored by Rockwell Amusements, the Hull Youth Football Association, and the 375th Anniversary Committee. Due to additional sponsorship from the 375th Committee, this year’s fireworks display will be the most extravagant yet, organizers say.
This year’s HYFA carnival, which many Hingham families have enjoyed in past years, will be open from Wednesday, June 19, through Sunday, June 23. The fireworks display is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, (with a rain date of June 23).
The carnival takes place on the Hull Redevelopment Authority parcel located on the right by the ocean just after passing the Nantasket Beach Resort on the left, from the Hingham direction.
Check the Hull town website for fireworks and carnival info (town.hull.ma.us) and the Hingham town website’s (hingham-ma.gov) July 4th link for more details.
“Hingham does things big, and it really does the Fourth of July big,” commented parade committee member Dewitt DeLawter at today’s downtown Association meeting.